No man is bigger than the party – PDP replies Obasanjo
- The PDP said it respected the view of Chief Olusegun Obasanjo
– The former president had said he would never return to the party
– The party insisted no individual is bigger than it
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said that the party will not die with or without the support of former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo.
The Punch reports that the opposition party said it would not force the former president to re-join it insisting that no man is bigger than the party.
Obasanjo had spoken on Wednesday, October 18 that he would remain a statesman working for the interest of the party after he was visited by Ahmen Makarfi, the chairman of the PDP.
Obasanjo had said: “I have told the chairman that I was in the PDP before but not now. God forbid, se when dog vomits, it will go back to eat its vomit, no.
“I have said no partisan politics for me again, but Nigeria is my passion until death do us apart. And anything that concerns Nigeria, the good of Nigeria, you’ll see my involvement.
“So, the chairman has come to greet me and I greet am, and now that we have greeted ourselves, the chairman will be going, you gentlemen and ladies of the press, you can now go, leave the chairman alone.”
In reaction, Dayo Adeyeye who is the spokesperson of the party said his views would be respected.
He said: “He has said it before (that he won’t return to the party). We are not going to force him. No individual is bigger than the party.
“Obasanjo has the right to hold his opinion. But the PDP will not die, either he joins us or not.
“We respect his opinion. There’s nothing to say more than that. He is an individual and we respect him.”
Meanwhile, Makarfi revealed why former President Goodluck Jonathan and the PDP lost the presidential election in 2015.
Channels reports that Makarfi stated what led to his party’s defeat while explaining what the PDP is doing to reclaim power from the All Progressives Congress (APC).
“There was a lot of propaganda against the PDP and we were not effective enough in countering that propaganda”