Obasanjo Reacts: I Don't Have Any Business with PDP Again

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has dismissed media reports suggesting he attended an event convened by his former party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Abuja.

In a text message he personally sent to PT on Saturday, Obasanjo said the reports were a ploy by their masterminds to score “cheap political gains”.

He said he was at the Shehu Musa Yar’Adua Centre as guest of Senator Abdullahi Adamu, chairman Senate Committee on Agriculture, when some PDP leaders stormed the venue to great him.

“Chief Obasanjo’s resignation from party politics is final,” his message confirmed.

Obasanjo also said, “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.

“If I quit a party when it was alive and seemingly united, how could I go back to a now divided, factionalized party grasping for breath?”

On Saturday afternoon, Obasanjo’s office issued a more detailed statement saying:
“The attention of the former President, His Excellency, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has been brought to the photonews story, which has gone viral on the social media on Friday, August 5, of his purported being “spotted” at a PDP event at the Shehu Musa Yar’adua Centre, Abuja. 
"While ordinarily his first reaction to the news was that those behind it targeted to get him annoyed and embarrassed him, his conclusion was that he has told the world that he has quit partisan politics and that is final. Anybody hoping to drag him back will fail like any man feeding mice to a dead cat’,the statement added. 
"To clear the minds of doubting Thomas’s 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. On the invitation of the Commodities Association Stakeholders, His Excellency, was invited to the “Zero Hunger Nigeria” event at the Centre. 
"He arrived at about 10.00am and immediately moved to the meeting. 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. The former President cracked joke with them calling them “invaders and gate crashers”.
Obasanjo was at the building for an entirely different reason. The programme ended and immediately he and his entourage returned to Lagos.