Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has cleared any doubt surrounding the status of his relationship with the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, declaring that he is still a card carrying member of the ruling party.
The former president had earlier this year announced that he was withdrawing his participation from party activities at all levels until certain issues he raised in a letter to the former national chairman, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, including the recognition of Prince Buruji Kashamu, as leader of the party in the Southwest zone, was addressed.
Obasanjo, who spoke at the end of his two-day visit in Port Harcourt on Tuesday after inaugurating 16 projects completed by Governor Chibuike Amaechi of the All Progressives Congress (APC), commended the level of development on ground, saying that the monorail project in particular was a laudable one.
The former president noted that criticism of the project was normal because according to him anything good would always attract stiff opposition, adding that if there is none, something is definitely amiss.
Obasanjo said that it was only Rivers State that could run a monorail transport because of its power generation capability.
“With 700 megawatts, you can dedicate 10 megawatts to the monorail; so, the only state in the country that can do that for now is Rivers”, he said.
Obasanjo, who also inaugurated the Buguma Fish farm in Asari Toru Local Government Area, described the project as laudable.
He urged the state to maintain the project, adding that it should ensure preservative processing to avoid spoilage and wastage.
In his speech, Amaechi said that the reason for citing the farm in the area was to develop and create employment opportunities for the people.
Other projects inaugurated by the former president include G.U. Ake, Okporo and Elekahia Rumuomasi Roads; Songhai Farm in Bunu Tai, Banana plantation, Afam Power Station, Elelenwo sub-injection station.
Others are Model Primary Health centre, Akpajo, Eleme; Ambassador Nne Kurubo Model Secondary school, Ebubu, Eleme; St Andrew’s Primary School, Prof Kelsey Harrison Hospital and three sports facilities.