Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has informed the nationwide management of the Peoples Democratic Party the circumstances they need to look out for to decide on the candidate that might be President Muhammadu Buhari’s successor within the 2023 normal elections.
According to Punch, high sources inside the PDP management said that Obasanjo requested that they need to not choose candidates “because such a person has money” whereas asking them to take a look at how presidential candidates emerged within the United States.
Obasanjo, who hosted the members of the National Working Committee of the celebration on the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library on Thursday, mentioned the celebration must also take a look at the way in which the president of the United States of America emerges from the 2 dominant political events.
The former chairman of the Board of Trustees of the celebration, was visited by the members of the celebration’s National Working Committee led by its Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus.
On February 16, 2015 and in a dramatic flip of occasions, Obasanjo ended his 17-year relationship with the celebration by publicly tearing his PDP membership card, however refused to affix some other political celebration.
In July, he insisted that he was achieved with politics, denying claims that he was planning to drift a brand new political celebration.
A dependable supply, who was a part of the Thursday assembly , mentioned the PDP leaders informed the previous President to not “siddon look” throughout this vital time.”
The PDP supply mentioned, “We went to him and told him not to ‘siddon look’ as things are getting worse in the country. We also reminded him that the PDP gave him the platform that made him the president and also served as its chairman of BoT. Therefore, we asked him not to be unbothered about happenings in the party and the polity.”
Though the previous president was mentioned to have reiterated his earlier place of no real interest in belonging to any political celebration for now, he was additionally mentioned to have counselled his company on the necessity to settle their rifts and deal with the duty of manufacturing a nationally-accepted presidential candidate in 2023.
“Obasanjo said we should go and study how presidents emerge in America. He said leaders emerge through processes and that those leaders must have seen, learnt, practised, and taken part in leadership processes. He said in the US, the people followed a particular pattern.
“He said we should not pick anyone just because such a person has money. He also said in America, they follow a particular pattern. He said the presidential candidate in the US emerges either from the Congress, from the Board of Governors, or he is an established businessman.
“He also told us about the way the prime minister of the United Kingdom is elected. In all, he said someone who knows the country, the system, is knowledgeable in foreign affairs, economy and security, among others, should be allowed to lead the nation,” the supply mentioned.
It was additionally gathered that Obasanjo expressed his fear about the way in which the nation had been busy accruing money owed by borrowing cash all around the world.
The former president was mentioned to have knowledgeable his company that, whereas he was in workplace, governors at all times knowledgeable him about how a lot they’d been capable of appeal to as international direct investments into their states.”
When it was time to debate the disaster rocking the celebration over strikes by some celebration leaders and governors led by the Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, to both shorten the tenure of the Secondus-led NWC or deny the members alternative of contesting for second time period, the previous president reportedly requested all his company to excuse him as he met with Secondus.