A former Nigerian President, Olusegun Obasanjo, has told the main opposition party, All Progressives Congress (APC) that he cannot join opposition party because is a ‘card carrying member’ of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The former President stated this in Abeokuta, capital of Ogun State, at a meeting with the leaders of the APC, who visited him on Saturday in continuation of their consultations on political developments in Nigeria that he is a democrat that believes in the existence of opposition.
However, he acknowledged that the opposition APC has taken the right direction in the course of the nation building with their reach out drives across the country.
Obasanjo asked politicians to play by the rules of the game and play politics without bitterness.
“My Party is PDP. My politics is Nigeria, Africa and the World in that order. I am a democrat and I do know that one of the essential ingredients of democracy is opposition.
“Always put Nigeria first above personal and group interests.
“The politics that should be played should be politics with decency, without rancour and one that has Nigeria at the heart of all that is done.
“I am incurably optimistic about Nigeria and I am also totally committed to Nigeria and nothing will divert me or distract me from that commitment,” Obasanjo stated.
Some of the party members present the meeting are the National Interim Chairman of the party, Mr Bisi Akande, former Lagos State Governor, Bola Tinubu, Gen Mohammadu Buhari, Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi, Kawu Baraje, Governor of Imo State Rochas Okorocha, Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo, Alimodu Sherif, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, Abiola Ajimobi and Babatunde Fashola, Femi Fani-Kayode and former EFCC boss, Nuhu Ribadu.
It would be recalled that the leadership of APC had paid similar visit to the former Vice President Atiku Abubakar at his resident in Abuja few days ago.