Many PDP leaders after their pockets, stomach – Obasanjo

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Former Nigeria President Olusegun Obasanjo
Former Nigeria President Olusegun Obasanjo
Former Nigeria President Olusegun Obasanjo
Former Nigeria President Olusegun Obasanjo

Former Nigeria President Olusegun Obasanjo says many leaders in the Peoples Democratic Party are only after their pockets and stomach.

He said this on Monday when members of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from the south-west visited him in Abeokuta.

Obasanjo asked the leadership of the PDP to purge itself of “bad eggs and hypocrites” who he said lacked commitment to returning the opposition party to its lost glory.

Many leaders of PDP were after “their pockets and stomach” he said and wondered why some top echelon left the party while others had lost hope shortly after the result of the 2019 presidential election was announced.

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“I knew PDP would lose the election in 2015 because it was clear, and I knew PDP will need to be rebuilt after losing the election,” he said.

“You need what I call a critical mass of committed people, and come rain, come shine they are committed. With that, you can make Nigeria better.

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“You see peoples’ 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 Nigeria’s project. For me, till death, I will continue to push for a better Nigeria.”

Those at the meeting include Senate Minority Leader, Biodun Olujimi; former Osun State Governor, Olagunsoye Oyinlola; and former Minister for State for Defence, Olusola Obada.