By Henry Umoru and By Levinus Nwabughiogu
The mood at PDP headquarters
There was an eerie feeling at the national secretariat of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP and the Goodluck Jonathan campaign headquarters yesterday. The party that was for the first time under pressure of defeat in federal elections and party men were at a loss.
The hitherto buzz and business that normally pervaded the two offices were conspicuously absent.
Except men of the National Security and Civil Defence Corps, the Police, Halogen Security which is a private security outfit, only a handful of PDP staff were seen sitting in a group apparently discussing the outcome of last Saturday’s elections. Each time they saw any one come into the premises, the question was, ‘how was the election?’ The normal response was, ‘We hope the president is coming back.’
Though some members of the National Working Committee, NWC like the Deputy National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus; National Organising Secretary, Alhaji Abubakar Mustapha, the National Legal Adviser, Victor Kwon, were at the National Secretariat of the party, but they did not stay too long.
The trio subsequently called on the Deputy National Chairman where a post-mortem on the election was carried out.
Later yesterday evening, the party’s image maker, Chief Olisa Metuh brought life when he called on journalists for a press briefing where he expressed the party’s optimism that Jonathan would win.
President Jonathan’s campaign image maker, Chief Femi Fani- Kayode also echoed Metuh even as he warned against any move to rig the president out.
Though there was tension all around, Fani- Kayode’s staff busied themselves with literature review, analysis and other duties.
APC: Relaxed atmosphere
The delay in the release of the results was not dither supporters of the All Progressives Congress, APC presidential candidate from being radiant. Besides their shinning faces, even the Muhammadu Buhari campaign headquarters had yesterday received a makeover preparatory to a remarkable celebration.
The building was adorned with ribbons.
Quite unlike the suspense that hung on the faces of staff at the PDP secretariat, staff at Buhari’s headquarters wore a remarkable calmness with much expectation hanging over them.
Vehicular traffic into the headquarters was also high just as it was at the APC national secretariat where staff besides the expectation sometimes showed expressions of irritation at the dithering procrastination in the release of the results.
Many, however, comforted themselves by saying that it was too late in the day for any fraud to be perpetrated.