I’m a statesman and not a party man, says Obasanjo

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Monday in his Abeokuta Hilltop residence during a courtesy call of a delegation from Kogi led by the Governor of the state, Capt Idris Wada (Rtd) declared that he remains a ‘party-less Nigerian’ but will continue to be a statesman.

The former chairman, Board of Trustees, the Peoples Democratic Party, Obasanjo said that despite not playing active partisan politics anymore, he would continue to work with any Nigerian with good intention and leadership traits to develop the country. He stressed that the personality and performance would normally rank above the party platform.

He said, “We should understand first that, not the party makes the person, but the person makes the party. It is who you are that you bring into the party.

“Though for now I remain a “party-less” Nigerian, but I will continue to welcome any Nigerian with good leadership qualities.

“It does not matter which party you are, either the PDP, the APC, Labour, APGA or any party at all, as long as you are committed, sincere and a purposeful leader, I am ready for you.”

He said, “Everybody is welcome. But, they must be with good leadership traits, with genuine intention to improve the country.”

Speaking at the occasion, Wada described Obasanjo as a father of the nation, stressing that those who believed in him would continue to learn from his commitment and dedication to the growth of the country.

He said, “Everywhere we meet Baba, we learn a lot and we shall continue to learn from him. He is a father of the nation. He is a figure we admire.