N'ASSEMBLY RESULTS: OBJ, DANIEL JITTERY
Miffed by the landslide victory of the main opposition party, the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) in the last National Assembly elections, the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the Peoples Party of Nigeria (PPN) yesterday went into separate crucial meetings to strategise.
The ACN won the three senatorial seats in the state as well as three House of Representatives seats conceding only one seat to the PPN.
The PDP suffered a major setback during the last Saturday's National Assembly elections as it failed to clinch any position.
Besides, two of its popular candidates, Speaker Dimeji Bankole of the House of Representatives and Senator Iyabo Obasanjo-Bello, lost their bid to return to the House of Representatives and the Senate respectively.
In one of the meetings, former president Olusegun Obasanjo led other chieftains of the party, which included the Minister of Commerce, Senator Jubril Martins-Kuye and other leaders of the party to re-strategise towards the next elections.
Other leaders at the meeting held at Agbeloba Building, the operational base of the Adetunji Olurin Campaign Organisation in Abeokuta, included Navy Captain Rasheed Raji (retd.) and Olurin, the party's governorship candidate.
Chief Lai Labode, the chairman, Media and Publicity, Olurin Campaign Organisation, told journalists that the meeting was aimed at reviewing the exercise with a view to re-strategising.
He, however, hinted that PDP might challenge the election in court, if necessary, as it observed some irregularities, especially in the Ogun West Senatorial District.
Speaking further on the elections, he said the party had learnt some lessons from the election and expressed optimism that the party would have better outing in subsequent elections.
He blamed the poor show of the party at the polls on the defection of some of its members to other political parties.
His words: 'The election has come and gone but all the same, we have some lessons to learn and that is why the meeting was held to review all areas.