President Goodluck Jonathan and members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Board of Trustees (BoT) met with former President Olusegun Obasanjo in Abeokuta on Monday night.
Although details of the meeting were sketchy at press time, Daily Independent learnt that the meeting was put together to find a common ground between the two leaders.
Obasanjo had earlier in the day avoided meeting with Jonathan in Abeokuta when the president stormed the rock city for campaigns.
It was the second time Obasanjo would avoid Jonathan, who was billed to also see him on December 31, but it never happened.
On Monday, around 3:15 p.m. when the President was billed to be a guest of Obasanjo at his Hilltop mansion, the former President used the exit door.
Making a veiled reference to the negative body language of Obasanjo, Chairman of PDP, Adamu Mu’azu, recalled how the party had been formed and nurtured before Obasanjo was brought out of prison to become President.
Addressing a mammoth crowd at the MKO Abiola International Stadium, Jonathan said his government would be youth and women centered.
“We have created 14 new universities, alongside other tertiary institutions. Out of the 14 universities, two are specialised -one for the Police and the other a Maritime.
“This is youth centered. A couple of our teaching hospitals like UCH, LUTH and Uniben have been doing open heart surgery and kidney transplant on account of the new equipment that we bought.
“The Agricultural and the Maritime sector will create jobs for our youths. The presidential job creation board, which is working in tandem with the private sector will create two million jobs,” the President.
The Governorship candidate of the party in Ogun State, Gboyega Nasir Isiaka, said concerted efforts would be made to oust the APC governor, Ibikunle Amosun.
Isiaka added that the acronym, AMG, signifying “Amosun must go” should be carried to logical conclusion.
Speaking to newsmen during the Presidential campaign in Abeokuta the Deputy-Director General of the National Campaign Council of PDP and the former Governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi, expressed optimism that President Jonathan would win the February 14 election.
Obi said the election would be won by Jonathan on the strength of his achievements in the last four years he has been in the saddle.
His words: “There is no sector in the state that the government of Jonathan has not touched. The other day, the trains that stopped running in the country over 30 years ago came back on tracks. Under him our airports are witnessing the type of infrastructural upgrade the sector had not witnessed in the past.
“In the area of agriculture, salient, verifiable reforms are the order of the day. In education, we have seen the attention to the needs of the country made manifest in the special schools for almajiris and our migrant population.
“He has also, in four years, established 12 new universities, thus making it possible for all the states in the country to have at least one federal university.
“In the challenging power sector, the unbundling of the generation and distribution into private hands will make the sector witness the type of revolution this country witnessed when telephone was privatilised. In terms of security, it is under him that the real equipping of the army started. “Above all, much as we respect old age and pray to grow old like our fathers of today, we must admit that age is more on the side of President Jonathan. Still under 60, he has the energy to carry in his shoulders, the stress and storm of governance,” Obi said.
Calling on Nigerians to support Jonathan and vote him in the second time, Obi said it would offer him the opportunity to consolidate on his Transformation Agenda through which he was charting a new course for the country.
In another development, the Presidential Campaign Organisation of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said on Monday that President Jonathan deserves a second term because he has performed excellently in office.
Director of the Campaign Organisation, Femi Fani-Kayode, in making the claims in a statement issued said that the president has touched every facet of the society and therefore deserves a second term.
He said national development which the party has affected positively has become the major issue in the party’s electioneering campaign.
He noted that the campaign train is poised to make the achievements of the administration known throughout the campaign period so that the people will know how well the government has performed.
“It is the duty of those of us, who believe that he deserves a second term, to educate the Nigerian people. We must do that effectively and very clearly; and, at the same time, we have to let the Nigerian people know why we believe that the All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari, is not the sort of person that ought to be given power in this country given his utterances and what he has done in the past.