Angry Obasanjo steps down as PDP Board of Trustee chair

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has stepped down as the chairman, Board of Trustees (BOT) of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

Mr. Obasanjo announced his resignation Tuesday evening in a brief statement he personally signed, shaking the nation’s political foundation  in a move that is certain to ripple through the ruling party, already troubled by numerous internal rifts.

The former president said the decision was to allow him more time to “give some attention to mentoring across the board nationally and internationally in those areas that I have acquired some experience, expertise and in which I have something to share.”

“By relieving myself of the responsibility for chairmanship of BOT of PDP, I have a bit more time to devote to the international demand on me,” he said.

The decision has been communicated to President Goodluck Jonathan and Bamanga Tukur, the newly elected chairman of the party, he added.

But contrary to his claim, top party sources told Premium Times last night that the former president actually resigned in anger.

Mr Obasanjo’s influence in the party had waned tremendously and he had remained a BOT chair only in name, a high-ranking party official said.

“For so long, he was just a figure head,” one of our sources, who requested anonymity, said. ” He has largely been ignored. The President only listens to Tony Anenih and Edwin Clarke. Under Obasanjo, the BOT was a non-factor, a toothless bulldog.”

Mr. Obasanjo has managed to hold on to the position since leaving office as president in 2007.

His decision to displace party top shot Tony Anenih as BOT chairman was fraught with controversy, and it somehow left the party fractured, analysts say.

Shortly before the expiration of his presidential term, the PDP constitution was amended in a manner that made the BOT position the exclusive preserve of Mr. Obasanjo.

By that amendment, he was supposed to occupy that influential party position for life.

Several ad hoc committees that try to reconcile aggrieved  party members have condemned the amendment, and a group, led by former President of the Senate, Ken Nnamani, had schemed to dethrone and disgrace the former president.

Mr. Obasanjo also said in the statement his standing down will enable him to build his presidential library and “mobilize and encourage investment in Nigeria and Africa.”

Both Mr. Obasanjo and the ruling party’s spokesperson could not be reached for comments Tuesday night.


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  • gringory99

    pdp is on track,but yet to draw forward.if jonathan resigned,and the church agenda for nigeria and in nigeria destroyed,then may be the sango and ogun worshippers in south west may review their hatred to the pdp.and the northern sharia crusaders with all their colors join the pdp.

    • Dan2kano

      What kind of nonsense is this? Please use this forum with decorum

      • Sunny2wise

        Dan2Kano, I don’t think your Northern counterpart are using the forum with decorum, check out what they have posted first.

  • spik4nija

    What rubbish. If you have nothing meaningful to say, keep quiet.

    I think it is high time the influence PDP has in Nigeria politics wanes. Many money grubbers in Nigerian political offices are PDP members.

  • Sadiq Maigari

    That is good for him. At least we can now have some fresh breeze, let another new blood gets in.

  • Seyiosuntayo

    The principle of sowing and reaping is not a fluke. When Mr Obasanjo was the president he was all in all. There was no party chairman or BOT chairman that had any influence on him or on the party. Now he has reaped the foundation he laid, so why frustration? He and his old cohorts should all retire and rest from these mess they created and allow those who have future to restructure their tomorrow. Enough is enough! Good bye Obasanjo! A befitting send-off party will definitely be organized for him. One down others to go!

  • Adolfwaood

    What ever anybody says about Chief Obasanjo, He remains an ICON in Nigeria politics and International scene. Obasanjo made PDP what it is today. He made Nigeria to be One. Baba has his short coming just like any human being. As far as I know, No Army General before or after Independent Or Political can beat Chief Obsanjo credentials. He remain a factor. I wish him a peaceful retirement. He has been over used by Nigeria.

    • Mahmatmario

      SYCHOPANT…………….

      • Sunny2wise

        For 35yrs that the military ruled the country, the northerners rule for almost 29yrs and yet the northerner is still not developed, you should tackle your leaders there, they should cover their eyes in shame, the only thing the northerner are good for is to shed innocent blood and the blood is all over the region crying for vengeance, you think Allah is sleeping? Think again.

    • usman

      Anything that has a begining most have an end,no body knows when he is going to die but my advice to all our leaders is that THEY SHOULD BE AWARE OF DEATH AND WILL HOLD RESPONSIBLE /ACCOUNTABLE FOR THEIR DEEDS,ACTIONS and FOR ANY UNJUST OR FAIRNESS DONE ON THE MASSES.its not easy to be a leader.

  • musbau abdulazeez

    Obasanjo is a factor in Nigerian politics whether in or out of PDP or government. Mr Edwin Clark has no pedigree, he is an ethnic jingoist, an insane tribalist bothering on xenophobic madness. Ijaws should go shopping for true leaders. Obasanjo’s legacy remain imperishable. We northerners will never allow any southerner into the presidency in 2015. Jonathan should better be careful our silence should not be mistaken for stupidity. The presidency is our birthright; we are the majority. If the north fails to clinch the presidential seat in 2015, we may be compelled to use our joker. But can the south stand the political might of we northerners?

    • Sunny2wise

      Your silence mistaken for stupidity? You guys have been silence with this Boko haram stuff?

  • a yaya

    I wish General OBJ well in his future endeavors.Nobody can deny the fact that he is a strong and firm leader who discharges his responsibilities very well and loves Nigeria..During OBJ’s tenure security challenges are very minimal and Jos crises were tackled head-on …..We are missing Baba Iyabo woo….

    • Mahmatmario

      Another SYCHOPANT….. Does OBJ really love Nigeria ? His crushed third term agenda alone should convince any sane Nigerian that the expired politician has never meant well for Nigeria..

      • Sunny2wise

        Please could you give me a name of any past president in Nigeria that truly love this country? Pls be constructive, don’t argue like a Notherner, argue like a Nigerian.

  • Garba

    SHEGIYAR UWA MAI KASHE ‘YA ‘YANTA P.D.P

  • yahya

    he is a liar which investment is he talking about in fact how did he manage the huge investment invested by him or to go and manage our Nigeria OTA farm

  • Naziru Adam

    who cares!!!

  • Moh_dee

    Musbau are you sure you are a northerner? I REALLY dont think so. Birth right!!….What rubbish!!!!