OBJ withdraws his membership of PDP

 OBJ says he could not stand a wanted criminal as zonal party Leader in the South-West


The season of letters continues  as a new document from Olusegun Obasanjo leaked to the web on Saturday, 11th January, 2014.

In the new message OBJ narrated his decision to withdraw activities in the ruling party, PDP. A photocopy of the letter, dated January 7, 2014, has been published by SaharaReporters, an on-line media.

Content of the letter is reproduced below:

January 7, 2014

Alhaji Bamanga Tukur,

National Chairman,

Peoples Democratic Party, PDP

National Headquarters,

Wadate House, Abuja

Dear Chairman,

While I believe that a good and truly national political party must be a microcosm of the nation in its membership made up of all sorts of characters from near-saints to near-satan, I also believe that on no account should a known habitual criminal that is wanted abroad to face criminal charges leveled against him should be extolled as a political leader in a respectable and wholesome nation-building political party.

Buruji Kashamu has been so extolled in PDP in South-West geo-political zone which I personally find unsavoury. Politics played by any national political party must have morality, decency, discipline, principles and leadership examples as cardinal practices of the Party. I have attached here recent documents that clearly indicated that your extolled PDP Zonal Leader in the South-West Zone of Nigeria and an indigene of Ogun State is, to say the least, not a credit to the party as a member, let along being a zonal leader.

Since I stack in my practice of party politics to the hallowed and cherished principles enunciated above, I take this opportunity to let you know that while I continue to remain a card-carrying member of PDP, I cannot and I will not subscribe to a wanted habitual criminal being installed as my zonal leader in the party; a criminal for whose extradition has been requested by the US Government. In the meantime, I will consider withdrawing my activity with PDP at the  local, state, zonal and national levels until the anomalous and shameful situation is corrected.

Thank you.

Yours sincerely,

Olusegun Obasanjo

Copy to: President Goodluck Jonathan

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