Obasanjo calls for strong ruling and opposition parties

For Nigeria’s democracy to be strong, dynamic and sustainable, there must be a strong ruling and opposition parties, Nigeria’s former President, Olusegun Obasanjo has said. The former president made this known after a closed door meeting with a factional chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Ali Modu Sheriff on Saturday. According to him, the Peoples Democratic Party cannot claim to be strong party in opposition while the APC cannot also claim to be a strong ruling party.

The Elder statesman while speaking on the crisis in the opposition party, described the PDP as “a party whose soul has been taken away and a party in comatose” He advised the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to put its house in order and provide the needed opposition to the ruling party.

Senator Ali Modu Sheriff on his part informed reporters that he was at Abeokuta as part of the ongoing efforts to find lasting solutions to the leadership crisis in the Peoples Democratic Party. He  praised the leadership qualities of the former president and  former leader of the PDP.

Former President Obasanjo also reiterated his renouncement of partisan politics.