Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has advised the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to purge itself of “bad eggs and hypocrites, who lack commitment” to return the opposition party to its lost glory.
He said the purging exercise would put the party on a higher pedestal to scout for those “critical mass of committed people who would be ready to stand with the party come rain, come shine.”
He gave the advice Sunday evening, when South-west PDP leaders led by the party’s national vice-chairman (South-west), Dr Eddy Olafeso, visited him at his penthouse residence in Abeokuta, Ogun state.
Obasanjo lamented that many of the PDP leaders were still pre-occupied with what matters to “their pockets and stomachs,” and wondered why some of them left the party while others lost hope the memont the results of 2019 presidential elections were announced.
He told the delegation that the “Nigerian situation demands a vibrant voice and opposition in PDP to engender a virile democracy,” decrying “the failure of leadership in the country,” saying “Nigeria can’t move forward if we continue the way we are.”
“I knew PDP would lose elections in 2015 because it was clear. And I knew PDP will need to be re-built after losing the elections. You need what I call critical mass of committed people, and come rain, come shine they are committed. With that you can make Nigeria better.
“You see people’s faces beautiful, but you don’t know what each person harbours inside of him. If you discover a bad egg, remove such a person. And if such person has learnt his or her lessons there can still be room to accommodate the person.
“Politically speaking, you can’t be my friend if you don’t buy into the Nigeria’s project. For me, till death, I will continue to push for a better Nigeria,” he said.
Members of the delegation were Senate Minority Leader, Biodun Olujimi; Senators-elect, Oyo South, Kola Balogun; Ondo Central, Ayo Akinyelure; Rep-elect (Ibarapa North and Central), Ajibola Muraina; former Osun state governor, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola; former Minister for State for Defence, Erelu Olusola Obada, and 2018 PDP governorship candidate in Ekiti state, Professor Olusola Eleka.