Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has said that it will not force former President Olusegun Obasanjo to return as its member. It said it would respect the decision of the former President, but added that whether he returned or not, the party would not die.
Obasanjo had on Tuesday vowed never to return to PDP, saying he would rather remain a statesman and working for the interest of Nigeria and Nigerians.
Speaking after he held a meeting with the National Caretaker Chairman of the party, Ahmed Makarfi in Abeokuta, he had said, “I have told the chairman that I was in the PDP before but not now. God forbid, se when dog vomits, it will go back to eat its vomit, no.
“I have said no partisan politics for me again, but Nigeria is my passion until death do us apart. And anything that concerns Nigeria, the good of Nigeria, you’ll see my involvement.”
Reacting, spokesperson for PDP, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, said Obasanjo had earlier said that he would not return to the party, adding that as an individual, the party would respect his views.
He said, “He has said it before (that he won’t return to the party). We are not going to force him. No individual is bigger than the party.
“Obasanjo has the right to hold his opinion. But PDP will not die, either he joins us or not. We respect his opinion. There’s nothing to say more than that. He is an individual and we respect him.”