by Rachel Ogbu
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has admitted that the Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) indiscipline was costing the party a great deal. “…there cannot be any meaningful progress and development without culture of discipline,” he said.
At the South-West caucus meeting of the party in Ibadan yesterday, a rather disappointed ex-president said until this unruly behaviour is dealt with in the PDP, meaningful progress and development would be elusive.
Obasanjo, who came at the tail end of the meeting, apologized that he had to travel by air for 20 hours from Tokyo through Dubai before arriving Nigeria.
Describing the meeting as very dear to him, he said the party must ensure that they come together and work in unity ahead of 2015 in order to reclaim the states of the zone from the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN).
On the just-concluded governorship election in Ondo State, the ex-president said, ”Whatever may be the shortcomings of the election should be overlooked since such may not necessarily upturn the table. We should accept defeat and start looking forward”.
The meeting which was also attended by the National Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola and other chieftains of the party discussed extensively on how the party would reclaim the South west in 2015.
At the caucus meeting of the party which was the first of its kind since the party lost all the states in the zone to the ACN, all the aggrieved chieftains of the party from Ogun, Oyo, Osun, Ekiti, Lagos and Ondo States came under one umbrella and agreed to work together.