Obasanjo Declares End to Party Politics Involvement

Former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo has reaffirmed his retirement from active party politics during a recent visit to Osogbo, Osun State.

Speaking at the commissioning of the VIP lodge at the Government House, Obasanjo praised Governor Ademola Adeleke for his leadership and commitment to completing previously abandoned projects. Although he acknowledged his historical ties with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), he emphasized his decision to step away from party politics.

Obasanjo commended Governor Adeleke for his innovative governance style and addressed critics who labeled Adeleke as merely a “dancing governor.” Obasanjo countered this perception by stating, “Some people once despised you for being a dancer, but I maintained that only happy people dance. You are my dancing partner,” highlighting that Adeleke’s joyful demeanor does not undermine his governance capabilities.

Reflecting on Osun State’s complexities, Obasanjo remarked, “It is not difficult to govern; it only requires the fear of God, openness, and good character.” He added that his observations over the past three days confirmed Adeleke’s effective governance. “What I have heard and seen since I arrived, if anyone doubts your efforts, they should come and see for themselves. Remember, I once told you not to stop dancing, but to ensure that you are also working as you dance.”

Obasanjo also applauded Adeleke’s recent initiative to unite party leaders, despite his own withdrawal from political activities. He recounted, “Last week, you called together leaders of your party. It was my party, but I am no longer participating in party politics. I am pleased you called them for deliberation.”

He noted the significance of involving prominent figures such as Senator Olu Alabi, Alhaji Fatai Akinbade, and former Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola in these discussions. “Including these leaders is a positive step, beneficial not just for the party, but for the state and the entire country,” Obasanjo concluded.

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