Obasanjo slams PDP delegation and called them betrayers in a recent visit to his Abeokuta home.
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo was reported to have slammed some members of a Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, delegation sent to seek his blessings ahead of the 2023 general election.
Newsonline gathered that the former president at the recent meeting with the delegation at his Abeokuta residence tagged two of Atiku’s allies as betrayers.
Obasanjo was reported to have accused one of the delegate members of betraying the collective decision of Southern governors that the presidency should rotate to the South in 2023 while the other was accused of betraying his party over sharing of positions way back in 2011.
The new development poses a setback for the PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar in the Southwest, where his chances of winning were already slim.
The source, who was privy to the conversation that transpired between the former president and the PDP delegation who went to seek his blessing ahead of the 2023 general election, revealed that the two members being attacked hold top leadership positions in the ‘Atiku for president’ team.
Members of the delegation sent by the party to Obasanio were former governors Olagunsoye Oyinlola and Sule Lamido as well as Atiku’s running mate, Delta State Governor Ifeanyi Okowa and Sokoto State Governor Aminu Tambuwal.
The source revealed that “Baba was categorical in disappointment with one of the men over his support for Atiku. While he recognised the person’s right to freedom of choice, he expressed surprise that a prominent southern politician could oppose the clamour for power to shift to the south after eight years of the northern presidency.
“He (Obasanjo) also recalled how the other person similarly betrayed the leadership of the PDP to pitch a tent with the opposition to thwart the emergence of the party’s anointed candidate for the position of the Speaker.
“He kept wondering if such persons could be trusted to keep promises and show patriotism. His displeasure with the duo created tension throughout the parley as the former president refused to endorse Atiku’s presidential ambition.”