It appears that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) did not properly read the lengthy statement by former Pres. Olusegun Obasanjo on Tuesday before rushing off to release a response on the same day.
In the party’s initial response, it agreed with Obasanjo on most of his claims but simply disagreed with his solution for Nigerians to organize themselves into a coalition that will reject both the PDP and ruling APC. But it was clear even then that the party had not carefully considered the subliminal messages in Obasanjo’s statement.
Now the party seems to have read and re-read the statement, and it felt it needed to respond to some of Obasanjo’s strong words.
Procuring a Supreme Court judgement
One of Obasanjo’s weightiest allegations in his statement was actually directed at the PDP. He said: “The recent show of PDP must give grave and great concern to lovers of Nigeria. To claim, as has been credited to the chief kingmaker of PDP, that for procuring the Supreme Court judgement for his faction of the Party, he must dictate the tune all the way and this is indeed fraught with danger.“
Obasanjo did not specify which PDP kingmaker claimed to have procured a Supreme Court judgement for the then Ahmed Makarfi faction of the party, but it is believed that he was making reference to a certain governor from the South.
The PDP rejected that claim. In its second statement issued by party spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan, the PDP said “it did not procure judgment from the Supreme Court contrary to the unsubstantiated claims made by former President Olusegun Obasanjo in his letter advising President Muhammadu Buhari not to seek re-election in 2019.”
Obasanjo’s claim on procurement of judgement amounts to an ill-intended attempt to impugn on the integrity of the Supreme Court, particularly when such a claim is false and not predicated on any empirical proof.
The ruling of the Supreme Court, which ended the protracted internal feud within its fold, rather than detract, reinforced the confidence of Nigerians in the PDP as the platform that truly embodies the resilience of a genuine democratic process in the face of daunting challenges.
Even the worst critics of PDP concede that the judgment of the Supreme Court, was unprejudiced, uninfluenced and determined completely on merit, for which it was applauded in Nigeria and across the world.
Also, the conduct of our December 2017 elective National Convention in a transparent, free and fair manner and where nobody was ‘kingmaker,’ denotes the democratic credential of the repositioned PDP to deliver credible primaries that would yield a presidential candidate Nigerians desire.
Stressing that there is an extensive dissimilarity between it and the All Progressives Congress (APC), the PDP noted that while it remains nationally populist and development-driven, the APC by orientation and composure is arrogant, inept and anti-people, hence the nationwide detestation against it.
Different from the APC:
According to the PDP, it is different from the APC, “where a very few individuals from within a circle control the instrument of power and governance…”