A leading political party in Nigeria, The Peoples Democratic Party has said that it won't compel former President Olusegun Obasanjo to return to the party
It said it would respect the choice of the former President, whether he returned or not, it (the party) would not die.
Obasanjo had on Tuesday promised never to come back to the party, saying he would rather remain a statesman, working for the enthusiasm of the country.
He spoke with journalists after he held a meeting with the National Caretaker Chairman of the party, Senator Ahmed Makarfi, behind closed doors at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library, Abeokuta.
He had stated, "I have told the chairman that I was in the PDP earlier however not presently. God forbids, se when Dog vomits, it will backpedal to eat its vomits, no.
"I have said no partisan politics issues for me once more, however Nigeria is my obsession until the point when death separate us. What's more, anything that worries Nigeria, the benefit of Nigeria, you'll see my involvement.
"In this way, the chairman has come to greet me and I greet am too, and now that we have greeted ourselves, the chairman will go, you gentlemen and women of the press, you would now be able to go, allow the chairman to sit unbothered."
He stated, "He has said it earlier (that he won't come back to the party). We are not going to compel him. No individual is greater than the party.
"Obasanjo has the privilege to hold his assessment. Yet, the PDP won't die, it is possible that he joins us or not.
"We regard his opinion. There's nothing to state more than that. He is an individual and we regard him."
In the interim, as the commencement to the December 9 elective convention of the party moves closer, the South-West geopolitical zone has been cautioned on the risk of losing the national chairmanship of the party in the event that it neglected to concur on a consensus candidate
A former Minister of Police Affairs Minister, Adamu Maina Waziri, gave the notice in Abuja on Wednesday at the assertion of a former governor of Ogun State, Chief Gbenga Daniel, for the office of the national chairman of the party.
He stated, "If, for any reason, Gbenga Daniel flops in his bid to become the national chairman, it is Daniel that would lose. Be that as it may, if none of the six applicants from the South-West fails to win, the South-West will be the loser."
He approached the aspirants from the zone to move in and exhibit a typical front at the tradition in light of a legitimate concern for the party.
Likewise speaking at the announcement occasion, a former Aviation Minister and a chieftain of the party, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, praised the leadership qualities of Daniel even as he charged the PDP to disregard divisions inside its positions.
Fani-Kayode, who portrayed all aspirants from the zone as his close companions, nonetheless, demanded that Daniel remained the first among the equivalents in the pack.
In his speech titled, "Let's start afresh… Together we can do it," Daniel said he was in the race to have any kind of effect having considered the problems that shaken the PDP in the recent years.
He stated, "I have arrived at the conclusion that the difficulties which confront our political party are not lasting. They could be corrected through a watchful arrangement of assets, the determination and capacity to work through troublesome circumstances, concessions and bargains if require be, and capacity to move every one of our people into one discipline accord on all issues.
"I pronounce before you today to challenge for the chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party at the national convention.
In any case, the senator representing Ogun East Senatorial District, Buruji Kashamu, has said it will be "a fantastic catastrophe" to choose Daniel as the PDP national chairman.
Kashamu said in an announcement on Wednesday that Daniel was the minimum qualified among those trying for the post.
The announcement read to some degree, "When I heard that he was competing for the post, my underlying response was that it was a joke. In any case, now that he has chosen to make a formal revelation, I would state it is a joke taken too far.
"Give me a chance to state with all awareness of other's expectations that Daniel does not have what it takes to lead our incredible party. He is the slightest qualified among every one of those competing for the position."