Ogun Poll: ACN Scares Obasanjo


Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has expressed fears that the ruling People’s  Democratic Party, PDP, in Ogun State may lose the state to the Action Congress of  Nigeria, ACN, in 2011, if members continue to fight among themselves.

Olusegun Obasanjo.

Speaking at a reconciliation meeting held at his Abeokuta hilltop residence,  Obasanjo told party faithful that the current internal wranglings may spell doom for  the PDP in the state during the 2011 elections.

“I want to appeal to all of us to sheathe our swords. The current political  wrangling in our party, if not checked will affect us in the next election and we  may lose to the opposition.

“The opposition is doing everything possible to capture the state. And if we fail to  reconcile now and settle our disput, we may lose this state to the opposition party.  Not because we don’t have the strength or the supporters, but because of our  internal crisis,” Obasanjo reportedly told the select gathering including Governor  Gbenga Daniel and the Minister of Commerce and Industries, Senator Jubril  Martins-Kuye.

Before he left the meeting, Obasanjo, it was gathered, directed Martins-Kuye and  Governor Daniel to take over proceedings at the meeting.

A legislator who attendend the meeting told P.M.NEWS that after the exit of  Obasanjo, both Martins-Kuye and Daniel went into a closed door session for about an  hour.

They emerged from the meeting to set up a seven-man reconciliation committee to work  out the modalities to end the internal crisis rocking the party.

Senator Ayo Otegbola was appointed the head of the committee. Members include the  former Minister of Mines and Power, Chief Sharafadeen Tunji Isola, Apostle Dave  Salako, Hon. Tunji Egbetokun, Speaker, Ogun State House of Assembly, Hon. Soyemi  Coker, the minority speaker, Chief J. B. Fadipe and Hon. John Obafemi, Chairman,  Remo North Local Government.

The committee was given a week to submit its report.

The source disclosed that Governor Daniel showed a sense of remorse at the meeting  and called on his supporters to bury the hatchet.

Said the source: “With what transpired at the reconciliation meeting, it may well  signal the end of the crisis within the PDP in Ogun State. All parties to the crisis  can now see the handwriting on the wall and that the prolonged crisis may give the  opposition party, the Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, the upper hand in the  forthcoming elections. To prevent our party’s defeat in the next elections, it was  agreed that the feuding parties must reconcile now.”

But addressing journalists in Benin City, Edo State, when he paid a condolence visit  to his Edo State counterpart, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, on the death of his wife,  Daniel dismissed claims by the ACN that it was in a better stead to capture Ogun  state.

Daniel boasted that the PDP was on the ground in the state because it has the upper  hand on the field. He dismissed ACN claims with a wave of the hand, stressing that  what happened in Edo, Ekiti and Osun cannot happen in Ogun.

—Biodun Onafuye

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