…dissociates self from his statements
By Henry Umoru
ABUJAâ€”THE National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Prince Vincent Ogbulafor yesterday tongue lashed former President Olusegun Obasanjo over his comments last Thursday that President Umaru Yar’Adua should take the path of honour if he can no longer perform as a president, describing him as a subject of ridicule in the country despite his pre-eminent position in the society.
According to Ogbulafor, rather than comment on the ailing president, Obasanjoâ€™s focus should have been on the grave security situation in Jos where scores of innocent citizens were â€œbeing killed or maimed in a senseless war of attrition by people who otherwise should have been their brother’s keepers. We, however, wish to distance our party from his statements and also wish to advise all our leaders to weigh their opinions before they utter them in order not to undermine our democratic gains and expose our country to ridiculeâ€.
In a statement by the National Publicity Secretary, Professor Rufai Alkali in Abuja yesterday, the leadership of the party said, â€œit is regrettable, indeed sad that for the second time in less than a year, our Chairman of the Board of Trustees has chosen to abandon established channels of communication to comment on very sensitive matters which are capable of causing disharmony and disaffection in the country.
â€œAs a revered Statesman and indeed a major and undisputed beneficiary of Nigeriaâ€™s democracy, the minimum expected from General Obasanjo even in the face of provocation is a measured and calm demeanour, wise counsel and a demonstration of good faith aimed at enhancing national unity and stability.
Says OBJ a subject of ridicule
â€œThat General Obasanjo has been a subject of ridicule despite his pre-eminent position in society is unfortunate and indeed a great disservice to all the accolades he has garnered over the years. It is even worse that the odium he currently faces from friends and foes alike is self inflicted because his comments are generally perceived as unwarranted and an insincere attempt at self exoneration.
The Peoples Democratic Party therefore, finds it difficult to understand what his motives are, and what he seeks to achieve by these needless pronouncements.
Part of the statement said, â€œthe Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, is constrained to once again comment on unguarded statements by our Chairman of the Board of Trustees and Former President of Nigeria, General Olusegun Obasanjo.
â€œWhen our attention was initially drawn to the remarks he made at the 7th Daily Trust annual lecture, we dismissed it as mere speculations and that the former leader must had been quoted out of context”.