Olusegun Obasanjo. (File: AFP)
Abuja - Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayose has challenged former President Olusegun Obasanjo to relinquish ownership of properties and assets reportedly acquired as sitting president under the platform of People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
He suggested this as a follow up to the latter’s disengagement from politics.
Through a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary Idowu Adelusi, Fayose, who was reacting to the former President exit from the PDP, and his publicly tearing of his party’s membership card said Obasanjo should also be boldly take the next step by returning the assets.
“Obasanjo shouldn’t just tear his PDP membership card, he should relinquish the ownership of Bell University, Obasanjo Farms, Obasanjo Presidential Library, including other financial benefits he got during his eight years as president on PDP platform,” he said.
Fayose argued the PDP would never miss the party leader.
“Obasanjo’s exit is good riddance to bad rubbish. Obasanjo’s tearing of his PDP membership card was a vindication of his stand that he should have been shown a red card by the PDP a long time ago. The tearing of his membership card was to save him from imminent expulsion,” the statement read.
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The Ekiti governor claimed the formal exit of the ex-president from the PDP at this time would further enhance the chance of the party in the presidential election.
“If there is anything negative about PDP, Obasanjo contributed 50 percent of it. His eight years tenure is part of the 16 years the APC (All Progressives Congress) people claimed is a waste, now that Obasanjo and Atiku are members of APC, it can be said that APC ruled Nigeria from 1999 to 2007.”
He added that the APC should be ready to accept the liabilities of Obasanjo and Atiku government.
“Therefore, Obasanjo’s exit from the PDP is a confirmation that there is victory ahead for our party. President Jonathan will be re-elected; Nigeria will have a clean departure from its sordid past and take a giant leap into a promising future.”