By Henry UMORU, Abuja
National leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said yesterday that former President Olusegun Obasanjo did not speak on Thursday in his capacity as Chairman, board of Trustees(BoT) of the party but as a Nigerian.
Speaking with Saturday Vanguard yesterday, the Secretary of the PDP, Alhaji Abubakar Kawu Baraje, who noted that the party was not in way disappointed at the statement made by the former President, stressed that as a Nigerian and as former President of the country, Obasanjo has the right to speak on any issue and that was what he did.
Obasanjo on Thursday in Abuja at the seventh Annual Trust Dialogue was reacting to the question on why he imposed Yarâ€™Adua on Nigeria and Nigerians as President knowing his health status. He had urged President Umaru Yarâ€™Adua to toe the path of honour if he knows that his health situation will no longer allow him to perform his duties as expected.
Baraje noted that Obasanjo expressed his view as a party member and a Nigerian and not as a BoT chairman.
â€œIt is an individual opinion and not the view of the party. He is a former President and should have his own opinion and expression on what happens in the nation, but did not speak for the partyâ€, he said.
Also reacting on the Federal High Court ruling that has mandated the Federal Executive Council (FEC) to commence within 14 days the process of handing over power to the Vice President, Dr. Jonathan Goodluck as Acting President, Baraje said it is not the responsibility of the party to comment on that since the directive was not given to the party.
He stated that the party is a law abiding party but that any response or clarification to the ruling or mandate of the court should be sought from the Federal Executive Council.
According to Baraje, PDP National Executive Committee cannot meet on the matter. It is not a party matter but FEC issue.
â€œThe issue of NEC meeting is constitutional, though there is room for NEC to have an emergency meeting, but here there is no need. The NWC act on behalf of NEC and the body is in chargeâ€.