By; Jacob Onjewu Dickson
In spite of tearing his membership card, former President Olusegun Obasanjo remains the leader of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the South West, former Presidential spokesman, Doyin Okupe has said.
In a statement on Friday, Okupe said that tearing his membership card does not amount to resignation from the party.
“Baba Obasanjo still remains the undisputed and authentic leader of the PDP in the South West. The fact that he tore his membership card is not tantamount to resignation from the party, an action he has not undertaken to date.
“Tearing of the membership card though a very negative action is undoubtedly a knee-jerk reaction to certain unacceptable or intolerable happenings within the party which can and will be redressed,” he said.
Okupe explained that in his temporary absence, they have a colligate or confederal leadership of eminent and distinguished elders including Chief Bode George, Chief Ogunlewe, Aare Jubril Martins Kuye, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, Chief Mrs Apampa, Dr Lekan Balogun, Baba Richard Akinjide, Alhaji Yekini Adeojo, Chief Ebenezer Babatope, Shuabu Oyedokun, Iyiola Omisore, Prof Adeniran, Gov Fayose, Gov Mimiko, Senator Bode Olajumoke amongst others.
“Senator Buruji Kashamu is not the leader of the PDP in the South West. He is not even the leader of the party in Ogun State. He leads an NGO called Omo Ilu which engages in empowerment programs in the state, mainly in the Ogun East Senatorial district,” he added.
It would be recalled that shortly before the elections in 2015, Obasanjo in a public show, tore his PDP membership card.