Former president Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has reiterated his non partisan status saying he would continue to act as a statesman and accommodate all Nigerians with good leadership traits.
He said this while commending the developmental strides of the Kogi State governor, Capt. Idris Wada, noting that the less friction in the state under his administration is commendable.
Obasanjo who played host to the delegation of the state at his Abeokuta Presidential Hilltop residence, said despite not playing active partisan politics anymore, he would continue to work with any Nigerian, with good intention and leadership traits.
The former chairman of Board of Trustees of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said, “Every body is welcome. But, they must be with good leadership traits, with genuine intention to improve the country.”
He noted that contrary to the praises being showered on him for his performance as president under the PDP platform, it was important to emphasize that personality comes before the platform one represents to achieve desired goals.
According to him, “We should understand first that, not the party made the person, but the person makes the party. It is who you are that you bring into the party. Though for now I remain a ‘party less’ Nigerian, but, I will continue to welcome any Nigerian with good leadership qualities.
“It does not matter which party you are, either, PDP, APC, Labour, APGA, any party at all, as long as you are committed, sincere and a purposeful leader, I am ready for you. And that is what our brother is doing. I pray that this country will never be short of this type of people,” Obasanjo said.
The state governor, described Obasanjo as the father of the nation, stressing that those who believed in him, would continue to learn from his commitment and dedication for the growth of the country.
“Everywhere we meet Baba, we learn a lot and we shall continue to learn from him. He is a father of the nation. He is a figure we admire. We pray that we all will be like him, because he is a committed Nigeria, who has devoted himself to the growth of the country. So, why not, if some of us decide to emulate him, be with him and appreciate him.”
Wada explained further that the visit to Obasanjo was coming on the heels of his award as the best governor in the country in Lagos state, saying, “since we were honored as the best governor yesterday, in Lagos we deem it appropriate to come down to Abeokuta to report to our father, the little recognition we are getting.