Obasanjo, PDP caretaker committee in dramatic meeting

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– Chief Olusegun Obasanjo claims he is a founding member of the Peoples Democratic Party and the first major beneficiary of the party as former president

– He however left the party after a long battle with former President Goodluck Jonathan, his estranged political godson who lost his return bid in 2015

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo remains relevant to the final resolution of the crises that have rocked the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) since after the party lost the 2015 general election.


Obasanjo subtly supported Buhari during the 2015 election and has constantly paid visits to Aso Rock

This is obvious from the drama that played out in the evening of Thursday, August 5 at the Shehu Musa Yar’Adua centre where coincidence brought the Senator Ahmed Makarfi-led caretaker committee to the former president, who was attending a meeting of farmers.

The chance meeting which lasted for only six minutes created the impression that the party, hardly hit and looking to start afresh, may be making overtures at the former president.

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Obasanjo ruled Nigeria for eight years under the platform of the party.

He later emerged the party’s board of trustees chairman following an amendment to its constitution.

But Obasanjo left the party in anger after a quarrel between him and his estranged god-son and immediate past president of the country, Goodluck Jonathan, got into the public sphere.

He also publicly tore his party membership card because Buruji Kashamu, now a senator, was made the leader of the southwest zone of the party.

Obasanjo felt it was an insult for a man reportedly wanted internationally for alleged drug-related offences to be his party leader.

He also thereafter began to expose alleged fraud in the Jonathan government while churning out information to show Jonathan as incompetent and subtly declared support for President Muhammadu Buhari, who was then candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the election.

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At the Shehu Musa Yar’Adua centre, Leadership reports that Makarfi led his committee members to meet Obasanjo before they went for the inauguration of the party’s national convention committee for the party’s convention scheduled for August 17 in Porthacourt, Rivers state.

The Makarfi committee members were led by a female staff of the foundation to Obasanjo, though it is not clear what was discussed.

The report said about an hour after the end of the inauguration, Obasanjo came out of the farmers’ meeting into his waiting car.

Efforts to reach the spokesperson of the PDP caretaker committee, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, on the chance meeting was not successful.


Meanwhile, chairman of the party’s board of trustees, Senator Walid Jubrin, has warned that the party is not for sale.

Meanwhile, ahead of the convention, Raymond Dokpesi and Bode George have picked forms to contest for the position of national chairman of the party.

Dokpesi’s intention to contest for the position was clouded in uncertainty after party members at a meeting of the southern PDP stakeholders in Port Harcourt on Thursday, August 4, zoned the position to the south-west.

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