Former President, Olusegun Obasanjo has ruled out the chances of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) surviving its present leadership crisis.
He says the party which is in a coma, cannot be revived.
Obasanjo stated this during a symposium on “The Purpose and Utilitarian Values of Presidential Libraries” held at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL) in Abeokuta, as part of events to mark his eightieth birthday.
The fortune of the PDP, according to him, sunk with his exit as president, and Senator Ahmadu Ali, as the party’s national chairman.
“When all was going well, when Ahmadu Ali was the chairman of the party, we were 30 out of the 36 states.
“I brought Ahamdu Ali as the national leader of the party. But, when Ahmadu and I left, the fortune of the PDP sunk.”
Obasanjo added that “May the fortune of Nigeria never sink like that of the PDP”.
Also speaking at the event, former PDP national chairman, Ahmadu Ali, described Obasanjo as a man with a high level of native intelligence, which must be documented by the board of trustees of the presidential library for the present and future generation of nigerians, to benefit from his wealth of experience.
Several dignitaries who lauded the qualities of Obasanjo, included former secretary to the government of the federation and head of service, Alhaji Yayale Ahmed, Ambassador Andrew Young, and Tracy Roosevelt from United States of America, former permanent delegate of Kenya to UNESCO, Ambassador Mary Khimulu, former secretary general of All Africa Association of Students Union, Fred Awaah from Ghana, Vice Chancellor of the Osun State university, Professor Labode Popoola and the Vice Chancellor of Tai Solarin University of education, Professor Oluyemisi Obilade. Also in attendance were former Governor Gbenga Daniel and former ministers.