By Okey Ndiribe & Kolade Larewaju
ABEOKUTA – GOVERNOR Olugbenga Daniel of Ogun State has admitted that things were no longer rosy for the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the South West saying that members of the party would have to be careful to prevent its total annihilation in the area.
Daniel who was addressing members of the Campaign Council of Goodluck Jonathan for President in the South West Zone at his Asoludero Court in Sagamu, said members of the party would have to drop their individual selfish aspirations for the common good of the party if it would regain its glory.
Citing the loss of Ekiti State as the worst disaster to have ever happened to the party, the governor said: “In this room our expectation is that we should tell ourselves the truth and if the truth must be told; in the politics of the South west, we do have challenges. My worry is that when former President Obasanjo was there we could not take Lagos. I do not think we have managed our victory well.
Disaster of losing Ekiti
“The worst disaster is losing Ekiti State. If we are not carful, and God forbid, it could be the end of our party in the South West. The capacity of our party to manage crisis is nil. We are all endangered species.
“If we think deeply, we will know. We must forget this issue of I want to be governor, senator or anything. We must work together, otherwise we will look like jokers, and if we lose it; it will be terrible.
“In Ogun State, there is no other party. What we have is internal crisis. But we will not concede one inch of space to the rampaging Bola Tinubu machinery. What happened in Ekiti State is a big shame to all of us without exception. What we have in our hand is a major challenge.
“In Osun, what I am hearing is scary. If that kind of thing happens, it will be a disaster. I think people here should be able to go back home and tell the governor some things. We must bury self interest.
“I was with the former Governor of Ekiti and some members of his exco yesterday and they are feeling bad. They feel unhappy. They feel a sense of abandonment and feel bad that their President even congratulated the new governor a few hours after the court case. They feel he should have at least waited for 24 hours. But I explained to them that he is the president of all.”
Daniel said that on the issue of Jonathan for President, the people said they should at least be left alone to decide who to support for the Presidential race and that some of them complained that even the Speaker has congratulated Dr. Kayode Fayemi in a paid advert.
Earlier, 17 field officers for the Jonathan/Sambo campaign team from states in the South West, South East and South South were presented by the Director of Planning and Strategy; Mr. Mike Omeri and were inaugurated by Governor Daniel.
Also inaugurated were 27 people from Ogun State with Prince Yanju Lipede as State Coordinator and the 26 others as coordinators in the 26 states constituencies in the State.
Prominent members of the party in attendance were Senator Yinka Omilani, the Minister Youth Development; Senator Akinlabi Olasunkanmi, former Minister of Defence; Chief Demola Seriki, Ambassador Musiliu Obaniko, former Deputy Governors of Lagos State; Sen. Kofoworola Bucknor Akerele, Femi Pedro and Rafiu Jafojo, Senator Femi Ogunlewe, Ambassador Adeniran, Senator Wahab Dosumu and Prince Dayo Adeyeye.