Senator Ighoyota Amori, a Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, chieftain, says former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s appearance at a PDP rally in Ogun recently does not amount to his return to partisan politics.
Amori told NAN in Abuja that the action only demonstrated that Obasanjo remained a statesman, who always meant well for the country.
The former president was reported to have appeared at the rally of Oladipupo Adebutu, a governorship aspirant in Ogun. The campaign was held at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library in Abeokuta.
He was quoted to have told the aspirant and supporters that “I am just passing by and decided to say hello and wish you well.”
Amori described Obasanjo as “a man of principle who will always criticise whatever is wrong and laud what is good’’.
He said that while in PDP, the former president criticised the party when he observed that things were going wrong, especially when the party disregarded the agreement to zone the 2015 presidential ticket to the North.
He said that Obasanjo had genuine interest in the affairs of the country, and had continued to show it without pretending.
“When Obasanjo sees a good thing or conduct, he identifies with it. When he sees what is bad he distances himself from it.
“So, what he did in Ogun state signified that the PDP is doing what is right.
“I am sure that by the time a presidential candidate of the Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) emerges, if it is suitable to Obasanjo, he will identify with the person.’’
On PDP in Delta, Amori said that the state had remained a stronghold of the party and that it had very high chances of winning elections there in 2019.
“There is no local government in Delta that you will go without seeing PDP presence there. It will be difficult for another party to take power from the PDP in the state.’’
On speculations that former governor of the state, Emmanuel Uduaghan, was contemplating to dump PDP for APC, he said that the party stakeholders were aware and had begun talks with him.
He said that the leaders were reaching out to Uduaghan to jettison the idea, adding that he was being reminded that whatever he grievances may be, he should remember the “goodnights’’ he had had in PDP.
“All we are saying is that all the issues being raising can be addressed. When he was the governor, he addressed issues, so he should remain in the `family’ for the issues to be addressed.’’
Amori also commended the state governor, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa, for his commitment to executing landmark projects, replicated across the state in spite of limited resources.