Obasanjo stated this when he hosted the National Chairman of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, in his Hilltop country home, Abeokuta, Ogun State capital.
In his words: “the country, the party and government would remain my primary concern, because, if there is no Nigeria, there will not be a party, and if there is no party, there will be nothing to govern on the platform of the party”.
The former president added: “If there is anything that requires my own comment, position or views. I will say it. It is only when you kill me that I will stop doing so. It is my passion, patriotism and love that will continue to make me say my own. If it is the party that I see that something is inimical to the growth, I will talk.”
While describing the PDP national chairman as a respected leader, Obasanjo said, yesterday, that Tukur was a delight to have always.
He said, “It is always a delight to have our ogas (boss) to visit us to see what we are doing or what we are not doing.
“To know our anxiety, aspirations and concerns. And also to disabuse the minds of rumour mongers. The president is my president.
“Without Nigeria, there will be no party. Even when I was in prison, I was not quiet. Those who want me and the chair to quarrel; this visit will keep them quiet. But my mouth will not be quiet.”
Obasanjo also dispelled his death rumour, saying he wondered why people would continue to spread such rumour, “I am still alive anyway.”
Earlier, the PDP national chairman said he was in Abeokuta to see Obasanjo for his consistent role in the party, country and the international community.
On the perennial crisis rocking the Ogun State chapter of the PDP, Tukur declared, “Whoever that the people have elected as far as I’m concerned, is the chairman of our party in Ogun.”