Former National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Audu Ogbeh, had disclosed on Saturday that his decision to call the bluff of former President, Olusegun Obasanjo precipitated his removal as the party boss.
Ogbeh, now a stalwart of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), disclosed this at a meeting of the Benue State expanded executive council of the party in Makurdi, that on one occasion, he told the former president after a confrontation that he was not his boy and must be treated as the then party Chairman.
According to him, “One day, I summed up courage and confronted Obasanjo at a meeting. I told him point blank that Mr. president, I am not your cook but your party chairman, so you talk to me with respect.”
At the meeting which was held to discuss the merger of ANPP, ACN, APGA and CPC, Ogbeh said he asked Obasanjo to show the party leadership some respect, reminding him that when others were building the party, he was in prison and should stop kicking people around.
This, according to Ogbeh, did not go down well with the former President who later masterminded his removal as the PDP Chairman.
He assured ACN members that its merger with APGA, CPC and ANPP will work and that APC will be sure of victory over the PDP come 2015.
“Let me also assure you that APC will send PDP out of power in 2015,” he said.
He lamented the present level of corruption in Jonathan’s led administration, asserting that it is the only thriving sector in the country.
“ When I was chairman of PDP, my son never got involved in oil but two national chairmen after me, their sons pocketed over N400 billion without supplying a tea cup of oil.”
He added, “Chairman of Pension Task Force Team is going about with 20 policemen yet they are deceiving the people that he has escaped. He may have donated the money to fund the party’s campaign, so he’s untouchable.”
Also speaking, Senate Minority leader, Senator George Akume, reaffirmed that the merger was on course and advised ACN members to disregard rumours that it will not work.
He noted that beginning the merger with 11 Governors was clearly a remarkable achievement.