Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has declared that he would rather remain a statesman than return to partisan politics.
He also said there is no going back on his decision to leave the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Obasanjo made the declaration while addressing the National Chairman of the PDP, Iyorchia Ayu and other stakeholders who visited him in Abeokuta, Ogun State, on Saturday.
Ayu was in company of four former governors and members of the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) to the meeting with Obasanjo.
The meeting was held at the Pent House residence of the former President located within his Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL), Oke Mosan, Abeokuta.
PDP Vice Presidential candidate in the 2019 election, Peter Obi, former Governors, Sule Lamido (Jigawa), Olusegun Mimiko (Ondo), Liyel Imoke (Cross River) and Donald Duke (Cross River) were all at the meeting that held behind closed doors.
After two hours, former President Obasanjo emerged with the PDP Leaders to address the larger gathering of the PDP stakeholders.
“I’m no longer in partisan politics, and there is nothing that can bring back. Anybody who wants my advice, I will always be there in the best interest of Nigeria.
“Whatever I do in my own life because I became President on the platform of PDP, PDP will continue to be part of my life. Since the day I tore my PDP card, that was the day I ceased to be a member of PDP. That day I vowed not to be a member of any political party.
“I will continue to be a statesman.”
Obasanjo told Ayu that he has the problems of PDP and Nigeria on his shoulders and prayed God to give him the wisdom to carry it,” he said.
Responding, Ayu told Obasanjo that “if you leave PDP, the blood of PDP will never leave you.”
He said the party would always require his fatherly advice towards governance in Nigeria.
Obasanjo, who was twice elected President on the PDP platform, renounced his membership of the party when he fell out with ex-President Goodluck Jonathan in the buildup to the 2015 election.
After ordering his ward chairman to shred the card to pieces in public, Obasanjo announced that he had quit partisan politics.