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Former president, Olusegun Obasanjo has described Nigeria as a country without quality opposition party saying the Peoples Democratic Party is too weak to play opposition party role.

The former leader also flayed the government of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, for not being strong enough as a ruling party.

He stated this yesterday while playing host to the ousted chairman of the PDP, Senator Alimodu Sheriff, at his residence in Abeokuta.

Sheriff who arrived the home of the former President at 11:04am in a convoy of four cars went straight into the inner chambers of the mansion and did not come out until 12:10 in the afternoon.

When the duo finally emerged to address journalists who had been laying siege on the residence since 8am, Obasanjo insisted that PDP was a party in intensive care unit and wondered why Sheriff had decided to be the undertaker.

The former President reiterated his earlier position that he had renounced partisan politics. He said, “Let me make it absolutely clear once and again, I have renounced partisan politics, I don’t belong to any political party, not to talk of his own faction of PDP or any other faction of PDP.

“But he came and I am very happy to receive him and I said look, for my own education, for my own knowledge, tell me what exactly is happening, and he briefed me. And, as they all want to say now, ‘well, you were once the father of PDP.’ I was once the leader, for eight years, I was the leader of PDP but the PDP that I was the leader of is not the PDP of today. The PDP of today, if you can talk of a party again as PDP, its soul has been taken out of it.”

Obasanjo maintained that for democracy to thrive, Nigeria needs both a strong government at the center and a strong opposition party. “For our democracy to thrive we need strong political party in government and strong political party in opposition, for democracy to be strong and dynamic. Today, PDP cannot claim to be a strong party in opposition, I don’t know if APC can claim, at the national level, to be a strong party in government either. Now that is part of the misfortune of this country today,” Obasanjo stated.