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I am still alive, says Obasanjo

16 December 2012, 07:49

Abeokuta - Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Saturday dispelled  rumours about  his  death, saying, "am still alive anyway”. 

He made the denial when he met with the National Chairman of the PDP, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur in  Abeokuta.

Obasanjo expressed worry why people should spread death rumour about him.

He said that keeping quiet on  issues of national importance was  not the best option for him because of his love for Nigeria.
 
 “Because, if there is no Nigeria, there will not be a party and if there is no party, there will be nothing to govern on the platform of the party.

“If there is anything that requires my own comment, position or views I will say it.

"It is my passion, patriotism and love that will continue to make me say my own. If I see something that is inimical to the growth of the party, I will talk,” he said.

Obasanjo expressed his delight over Tukur's visit, describing the PDP chieftain a respected leader.

“It is always a delight to have our oga visit us to see what we are doing and what we are not doing.

“To know our anxiety, aspirations and concerns. And also to disabuse the minds of the rumour mongers. The President is my President. Those who want me and the chair to quarrel; this visit will keep them quiet.

"Without Nigeria there will be no party even when I was in prison I was not quiet," he said. 

Tukur said that the main purpose of his visit was to appreciate the former PDP Board of Trustees chairman for his persistent and consistent role not only for the party but for the country and the international community.

"Your support has never been relenting and I have come to say" thank you sir,” he said.

Tukur, however, affirmed the leadership of the Dipo Odujirin-led executive in the state, declaring that the party only
recognised the elected executive.

“Whoever the people have elected as far as  I am concerned, is the chairman of our party in Ogun,” he said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Sen. Odujinrin and 28 others were elected as members of the state Executive Committee in August 2012 and the election was supervised by the national body of the party.

But Odujinrin’s chairmanship was opposed by a faction of the party who claimed a court ruling was in their favour.

 Tukur said: "there is no crisis here in Ogun PDP at all.

"I have come here because of  former President Olusegun Obasanjo, who is the leader of our party and I'm now the chairman.

"We do this with the leaders of our party throughout the country and my own programme is about reconciliation, reformation and rebuilding.

"I have been going round to the leaders and stakeholders of our party. So I can assure you that there is nothing about crisis here.

"Secondly, about discipline in our party; if you listen to what I said in Akwa Ibom, first of all, our own principle today is rebuilding our party based on equity and justice, no imposition so that everybody will feel to be part of that great party.

"It is only when you give people the leadership they did not elect that is when you then start to get crisis.

"As long as you build on harmony, consultation and consensus you will see that the party will be less or at almost zero conflict," he added.

- NAN

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