There were news all over about former President cum ex-Chairman, Board of Trustee (BoT) of PDP, returning to his former party following his presence at the venue of the inauguration of the PDP National Convention Committee in Abuja on Friday, August 5, 2016. Obasanjo has since come out to play down these rumors.
Baba Iyabo as he is sometimes referred to as, while addressing newsmen in Abeokuta, Ogun Satte, today, Saturday August 6, 2016,said the members of his former party, PDP who came to greet him during his meeting at the Shehu Musa Yar’Adua Centre as ‘invaders and gate-crashers’.
“If I quit a party when it was alive and seemingly united, how could I go back to a now divided, factionalized party gasping for breath?”
“Those who know me, know that I have publicly announced my quitting partisan politics and those who will believe the purported story will believe anybody who tells him that his or her mother is not a woman,” he said.
Kehinde Akinyemi, Olusegun Obasanjo’s media aide released a statement explaining in details what happened at the meeting in Abuja.
“To clear the minds of doubting Thomases and those behind the orchestrated news in circulation and particularly those who had been calling to ascertain what actually happened at the Shehu Musa Yar’adua centre.
“The meeting commenced but few minutes into the session, his attention was drawn to the presence of some people walking up to where he was seated. At closer glance, he recognized them to be politicians and they exchanged pleasantries, saying they came to greet him and they walked out again from the meeting.
“Obasanjo cracked jokes with members of his former party on which platform he was elected as civilian president in 1999 before he later became the Chairman, Board of Trustees (BOT) of same party, calling them ‘invaders and gate-crashers’,” Akinyemi disclosed.
Continuing, he said, “The programme ended and immediately he and his entourage headed back to Lagos. He was barely hours in Lagos when he started receiving calls from both far and near, wanting to find out about his presence at a political party programme in Abuja.
“The photo as well as the media report in circulation, which claimed that he was spotted at a political party event is therefore mischievous, as a responsible journalist ought to have gone further to ascertain his actual destination in among the number of venues at the centre.
“They simply took the photograph of his alighting from his vehicle to read another meaning. It is shocking also to note that the picture was actually taken while on his way out of the Centre after the programme he attended had ended.
“This is height of irresponsible journalism, which the former President is calling for its investigation and sanction on anybody involved in order to serve as deterrent to others who may want to be used either by omission or commission to misinform the public on such sensitive issue,” Obasanjo’s media aide revealed.