Against the claim by former President Olusegun Obasanjo that the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) is dead and gone, the Delta state chapter of the party on Monday said PDP is alive and virile and strong.
The Delta state publicity secretary of the PDP, Mr. Ifeanyi Osuoza, said the statement reportedly made by Obasanjo on Friday was unfortunate and one of his personal ways of expressing his freedom of speech as guaranteed by the Nigerian constitution.
Obasanjo had, at a symposium titled “Purpose and Utilitarian Values of Presidential Libraries” held in Abeokuta, as part of activities marking his 80th birthday celebration, claimed that the PDP sank beyond the deep immediately he and a former National Chairman of the party, Mr. Ahmadu Ali, abandoned it.
“Ahmadu Ali is truthful and that was why I brought him to head the PDP and all went well. When Ahmadu Ali was the National Chairman, we were controlling 30 out of the 36 states.
“When Ahmadu and I left, the fortune of the PDP began to sink. Whether you believe it or not, today PDP is sunk and gone. May the fortune of Nigeria never sink like that of the PDP,” the former president had said.
But Osuoza opined that Obasanjo may have hastily premised his conclusion on the lingering internal feud in the party, observing that the party is working hard to resolve the crisis and strengthen itself ahead of future elections.
“The PDP is very much alive and kicking. Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has every right, just as any other citizen of this country to make whatever comment he feels, but it will be unfortunate if such comment really originated from him.
“This period of little crisis in the party, some people are striving to achieve relevance by making unguarded statements.
“To the best of our knowledge, the PDP is well, very healthy and the initial hiccups we are having, definitely we will overcome it,” the state publicity secretary said.
He disclosed that leaders of the party are currently considering the comprehensive report recently submitted by the Prof. Jerry Gana led 18-man reconciliation committee, calling on members and supporters of the party to remain unwavering in their support.