A member of the Peoples Democratic Party’s Board of Trustees, Alhaji Shauib Oyedokun, has described former President Olusegun Obasanjo as an embarrassment to the ruling party.
Oyedokun, a former National Deputy Chairman of the party, spoke in Osogbo on Sunday.
He accused Obasanjo of being the cause of the crises besetting the PDP, even as he rained curses on PDP members he accused of seeking the destruction of the party.
According to the Osun-born politician, Obasanjo’s activities in recent times are capable of causing the disintegration of the party in the South-West.
He said it was unfortunate that the PDP in Ogun State, where the former national leader of the party hails from, had been in disarray.
“The PDP is disintegrating in the state of the man we call our leader,” Oyedokun said.
Warning Obasanjo to stop playing God, Oyedokun, who said the former President had oppressed members and leaders of the party in the South-West, maintained that leaders of the party in the region had decided to stand up against Obasanjo.
Oyedokun said, “He should stop playing God. God has done so much for him more than any other person – in terms of governance in this country. Nebucadenezzer, in the Bible, did it and failed.
“The ancient Pharaohs did it and failed. We are oppressed. Obasanjo is oppressing us and God is always with the oppressed.
“Anybody who has benefitted from the PDP and is attempting to damage the PDP, God will damage the person. I am bound to talk because I am one of the founding fathers of the PDP in this country. Some of the documents forming the PDP were done in this office.
“It was Obasanjo that convinced us to support Jonathan. He convincingly sold Jonathan to us that we had no choice but to support Jonathan. If he sold Jonathan to us and he is now disagreeing with him, he should call us and tell us his reasons.
He added, “If he is putting up another person within the party – that is okay. But insinuations are rife that he wants to move them (people) to another party. Where you are being respected, you must tread softly.
“Obasanjo has put us in such a precarious position that anything he says, people would say he is speaking on behalf of the South-West and that he has the final say. No! He has no final say.
“I am talking for the majority of the leaders in the South-West. We will stand up to him this time around. Obasanjo sowed the seed of discord that is germinating in the party.”
Faulting the former President on his comments in Jigawa State during the Democracy Day celebration, Oyedokun said it was unfortunate that Obasanjo purportedly cancelled a trip to Morocco in order to attend the ceremony in Jigawa, taking indirect swipes at President Goodluck Jonathan during the occasion.
Wondering why Obasanjo chose to attend Jigawa Democracy Day celebration instead of the Abuja celebration, which had some past leaders of the country in attendance, Oyedokun said there was more to Obasanjo’s actions than met the eyes.
When did Oyedokun ever agree with Obasanjo since he lost his office of National Deputy Chairman Southwest of the PDP?
I wonder Umar. Baba was only being real in Jigawa and as they say, the truth is always bitter i.e. you can help somebody to get a job, but you cannot do the job for him and if the person is incapable of doing the job, Sule Lamido is ready.