I told Obasanjo ‘I’m not your cook’ —Audu Ogbeh
The former National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Audu Ogbeh, yesterday said that that his decision to call the bluff of former President Olusegun Obasanjo precipitated their parting of ways and his subsequent removal as party boss.
Ogbeh, now a stalwart of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), said at a meeting of the Benue State expanded executive council of the party in Makurdi that during the confrontation he told the former president that he was nobody’s boy.
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 respect and reminded 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 the former chairman’s ouster.
He assured ACN members that merger of the party with APGA, CPC and ANPP will work and that APC will be ensure party supremacy.
“Let me also assure you that APC will send PDP out of power in 2015,” he said.
He lamented the current high level of corruption in the Jonathan administration saying 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 is on course and advised ACN members to disregard rumours that it will not work.
He noted that beginning the merger with 11 governors is a no mean achievement.