Members of the New Peoples Democratic Party have said former President Olusegun Obasanjo is not a member of the faction.
It said the former Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the PDP was not directly or by proxy, linked to the faction of the ruling party.
A statement issued by the National Publicity Secretary of the faction, Chief Chukwuemeka Eze in Abuja on Sunday, also cautioned against arresting or ridiculing the former President over his alleged closeness to the faction.
Eze said former President Obasanjo played an important role in making Dr. Goodluck Jonathan the President of Nigeria and deserved respect.
He said, “We do not know why General Olusegun Obasanjo (retd.) is being linked with the New PDP.
“Let us state unequivocally that this foremost nationalist has not in any way – either directly or by proxy – had anything to do with our existence and operations.
“Ridiculing and plotting the arrest of such a distinguished personality that fought to keep this nation as one entity and contributed immensely in making the PDP the most vibrant, virile, versatile and biggest political party in Africa as a nobody is not the best strategy to use to fight the cause of President Jonathan, who knows what Chief Obasanjo did to make him President in the first place.”
Eze also raised the alarm over an alleged plan to begin a crackdown on members of the faction, including the seven governors.
Governors in the New PDP are Rotimi Amaechi (Rivers); Rabiu Kwankwanso (Kano); Murtala Nyaho (Adamawa); Sule Lamido (Jigawa); Abdulfatah Ahmed (Kwara); Babangida Aliyu (Niger); and Aliyu Wamakko (Sokoto).
He said members of the faction had received intelligence reports that the Presidency was putting finishing touches to what it called “Operation Total Crackdown on G7 and their allies in the New PDP.”
He said when the report got to them that members of the faction were going to be arrested and jailed without charges, they discarded it, describing it as a joke.