Former Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Peoples Democratic Party, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, has admitted that lack of discipline in the ruling party was responsible for its lackluster performances in the last elections and assured that the problem would be addressed.
The party chieftain said in Ibadan during the South west zonal meeting at the weekend that the party chieftains would do everything humanly possible to restore sanity into the party, which he believed would regain its lost glory in the zone.
“Our party is not sufficiently disciplined. If there is anything wrong done, you rush to Abuja the national headquarters to complain and you are accepted. That is wrong. The people in Abuja were put there by all of us”, Obasanjo who spoke all through in mother tongue said.
Obasanjo said that it was not proper for all the leaders to aspire to have the party structure in their pockets adding, “we still have much to do if we do not want the party to die”.
The former President further said “I want to assure you that once I am still living, I am still solidly behind you. But my politics has morality and principle. If you want us to throw morality and principle to the dogs, I am not there”.
The protracted meeting which was presided over by Chief Segun Oni, Vice chairman of the party in the South west, had in attendance other party chieftains who included among others, Elder Wole Oyelese, Alhaji Shuaib Oyedokun, Oloye Jumoke Akinjide, Senator Lekan Balogun, Alhaji Yekini Adeojo, Alhaji Teslim Folarin, Alhaji Kunmi Mustapha, Chief Olayiwola Olakojo, Chief Olagunsoye Oyinlola, Senator Iyiola Omisore, and party chieftains from Ogun, Lagos ,Ekiti and Ondo states.
Other speakers at the meeting included Chief Oyinlola, the National Secretary of the party, Alhaji Oyedokun and the new chairman of the party in Ogun state who called for an end to the crisis in the party if their dreams should come to reality.
An unconfirmed report had it that some delegates from Lagos and Ogun states walked out in protest when it was made known to them that Obasanjo was on his way to join them at the meeting.