The chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Ebonyi State chapter, Barr. Onyekachi Nwebonyi yesterday accused former President Olusajun Obasanjo of an attempt to arm twist Nigerians into installing a President of his choice in the forth coming 2019 general election.
Nwebonyi made this known in Abakaliki through a statement issued to journalists.
The chairman called on former President Obasanjo to immediately apologize to the PDP which made him and gave him the status he was currently enjoying as a statesman in the country, adding that it was shameful for him to have left a party that made him a two term President not minding his inordinate ambition to elongate his tenure in office.
The state read in part: “While I agree with Obasanjo on the call for President Buhari to shelve his second term ambition, I disagree with him on his call for a coalition – third force. that call is not premised on good intention for Nigeria, it is premised on selfishness.
He wants to remotely install the next President of Nigeria. It is clear that Obasanjo is indirectly looking for a way to remain active in partisan politics.
“Obasanjo was made the President of Nigeria by the PDP, where he served the first two terms in the present democratic dispensation. But I am sure he cannot boast of any significant input he has made to the PDP as a political party.
“When things were not working out as he personally wanted, he tore his PDP membership card and vowed never to engage in partisan politics. He took the unusual step and worked against the political party that made him President for eight years. That is unpatriotic.
“Obasanjo is not even a statesman as people think. He is a selfish fellow and a fair weather friend. One expects that Obasanjo, having benefitted so much from PDP, should not be in a hurry to tear his membership card. He is supposed to be an asset to the PDP now. But because he is not mature in reasoning, though mature in age, Jonathan has taken up that role.
“As a matter of fact, Obasanjo should without delay apologize to the PDP which gave him the status he enjoys today. It will be a shameful thing for him, as he is getting older, not to settle with the PDP which made him President of this country for eight years and assume the role of an elder statesman which he should be.
“He should stop political prostitution for his is too big for that. If he thinks things are not well with the PDP, it is incumbent upon him having been the leader of the party for eight years, o make sacrifices and settle the problem.
“He doesn’t want the stress of handling intra party crises, but to come up with a kangaroo political formation like the APC, where strange bed fellows with divergent political ideologies
come together to make Nigeria,” he stated.