Former president of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo, has vowed that nothing will make him return to politics.
Obasanjo stated this while addressing Iyorchia Ayu, the national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and other leaders of the party on Saturday.
They had visited the former president at his Abeokuta residence.
Obasanjo was elected president twice on the platform of the PDP but in 2015, the former president distanced himself from party politics.
Speaking with the PDP leaders, the former president said the party would continue to be part of his history, insisting that since he tore his membership card in 2015, he severed ties with active politics.
Obasanjo said he will continue to play the role of a statesman, adding that he will offer advice to anyone who wants it in the best interest of the nation.
“I’m no longer in partisan politics and there is nothing that can bring back. Anybody who wants my advice, I will always be there in the best interest of Nigeria,” he said.
“Whatever I do in my own life…because I became president on the platform of PDP, PDP will continue to be part of my life.
“Since the day I tore my PDP card, that was the day I ceased to be a member of PDP. That day I vowed not to be a member of any political party.
“I will remain a statesman in Nigeria, West Africa, Africa and indeed in the world at large.
“Though I have retired from partisan politics, but I cannot retire from the welfare and wellbeing of the people, whether in my own community, in my own state, in my own country, anywhere in Africa or indeed anywhere in the world.”