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PDP Begs Obasanjo

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Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, after series of disagreements with President Goodluck Jonathan and the running of the Peoples Democratic Party, has reportedly refused to identify with the party.

Olusegun Obasanjo, who was formerly a chairman of the party's Board of Trustees, had criticized President Jonathan on many occasions and even written an open letter to him in which he accused him of many atrocities. 

Obasanjo is said to be angry with the President because of his insistence to run for a second term, an action that was said to have negated an agreement he had with the party and the PDP governors which Obasanjo was privy to.He had also criticized the way the President handled the insecurity crisis in the North-East, an action that had made the President also reply the former president.

The former president, even as the chairman of BoT of the party, did not attend meetings of the various organs of the party, including its National Executive Committee. And as the party is preparing for the 2015 elections, Obasanjo has refused to identify with PDP.

Obasanjo has been receiving politicians from the PDP and even the All Progressives Congress who are seeking for his support.

Senator David Mark, who is the chairman of the party's Integration Committee in South-West, had appealed to the former president to forgive the party and its members and return to the party. He said it would be wrong to abandon the party he labored so much to build.

He said everyone in the state ought to belong to PDP, which he said produced Obasanjo as the president.

Alhaji Adamu Mu'Azu, the National chairman of the party, begged Obasanjo to come back to the PDP. He said this while receiving a former governor of Ogun state, Chief Gbenga Daniel, who defected from the Labour Party to the PDP in Abuja on Wednesday. Alhaji Mu'Azu, who was reacting to an earlier apology offered by Chief Daniel, said that every member of the party must beg Obasanjo for forgiveness. He said the former president was a pragmatic leader, noting that he hailed from a zone that had produced the best educated people in the country. He said the credit for this must go to the former Premier of the Western Region, the late Chief Obafemi Awolowo.

"I want to join OGD, I want to join my dear senior brother and indeed all the teeming members here to very sincerely apologize to our leader, to our baba, my baba, General, President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo to forgive us. We cannot continue. I know he has been very prayerful. In the Villa, I know he used to pray every morning. Very early, 5:30 to 6 a.m, he is praying. And I know he keeps on praying all the time. As we say in our Lord's Prayer: 'Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who trespass against us', Baba, you have to forgive us. I beg you in the name of the Almighty God, so that you too can be forgiven. We are your children. We are making mistakes, we have made mistakes, we have apologized.

We will not agree even if you want to throw the baby with the bath water, the baby will not go without you. 

So please Baba we apologize. Come and lead us. Even the President (Goodluck Jonathan) is waiting for you. Come and lead us. You are our leader. We appreciate you. We thank you for your leadership. We thank you for your courage, and we assure you, we are all good boys and girls".

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