Former president Olusegun Obasanjo has advised the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to purge itself of hypocrites in order for the party to reclaim its lost glory.
He made the remarks while receiving some leaders of the party in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, on Monday.
The former president said many leaders of the party are after their pockets and stomach, arguing that the bad eggs lacked commitment to return the party to its lost glory.
He added that Nigeria needs a vibrant voice and opposition with a view to building a virile democracy.
While calling for a strong voice and action from the opposition parties, Obasanjo said he was willing to support genuine efforts from those who were passionate about the interest of the country.
“I knew PDP would lose the election in 2015 because it was clear, and I knew PDP will need to be rebuilt after losing the election,” the former president told his guests.
“You need what I call a critical mass of committed people, and come rain, come shine they are committed. With that, you can make Nigeria better.
“You see people’s faces beautiful but you don’t know what each person harbours inside of him. If you discover a bad egg, remove such a person and if such person has learnt his or her lessons, there can still be room to accommodate the person.
“Politically speaking, you can’t be my friend if you don’t buy into Nigeria’s project. For me, till death, I will continue to push for a better Nigeria.”
Speaking on the 2019 presidential elections, he said: “if you compare the two of them (referring to Atiku and Buhari) with what I know and all I have written about the incumbent which they have decided to cover up, Atiku is better than the incumbent by far”.
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