Obasanjo allegedly rejoins PDP, Picks Northern as Presidential Candidate



As momentum gathers for the 2019 general elections, former president Olusegun Obasanjo has settled for the Gombe state governor, Alhaji Ibrahim Dankwambo, as the next option to rule the country after ailing President Mohammadu Buhari.

According to a Nigerian Concord’s source, Obasanjo who made his decision to support Dankwambo for the 2019 presidential poll known at a high level meeting with leaders of the party and his associates at his Otta, Ogun state residence recently, also disclosed that he had concluded plans to rejoin the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in order for the party to reclaim power in the next general elections.
At the meeting which had the presence of a top Obasanjo’s associate, Otunba Oyewole Fasawe, and others like Alao Akala, Olusola Oke, Olagunsoye Oyinlola and Rashidi Ladoja, the former president didn’t hide his love that former governor Sule Lamido of Jigawa state should rule Nigeria by 2019 but stated that he feared that the ruling APC would use the EFCC to scuttle the plans as a result of the corruption charges against him and his two sons.
On this, Obasanjo was quoted as telling his visitors and associates that Lamido would have ruled and transformed Nigeria had former president Jonathan allowed a credible PDP primary election in 2014 where he (Lamido) would have picked the party’s presidential ticket .
The former president added that there was no way the APC people would have been able to use their Change Mantra to sweep off the PDP if it was Lamido whom he said had a good administrative record that flew the PDP’s flag.

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Obasanjo who showed his dissatisfaction towards the Buhari-led APC administration was said to have clearly told his listeners at the meeting which lasted for about three hours that he had equally seen the qualities which he saw in Lamido in 2015 in Dankwambo whom he described as a good administrator, achiever, pace setter and bridge builder.

Speaking on his plan to rejoin the PDP, one of Obasanjo’s associates who was the major initiator of the said meeting hinted that the former president didn’t hide his love for the PDP having said that APC had failed him and the country.

The former president also explained that the APC had relented in the promises they made to develop the country, a reason he said made him to openly throw his weights behind Mohammadu Buhari then.

The associate told this newspaper that: ” Baba is back to the PDP and will work for the success of the party as long as those that made him to angrily step aside in 2014 aren’t imposed on the party by its leadership again”
On Obasanjo’s membership card which was torn by him according to media reports, the associate said the former president as part of his loyalty to the PDP also entered his room during the meeting and brought out his membership card for his guests and associates to see.

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