Otta — Former President, Olusegun Obasanjo, yesterday held a close-door meeting in his Otta farm house with all the South West governors. The meeting which started at about 2.30pm, ended at about 6.50pm.
All the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), governors in the South West were in attendance, a source close to the meeting told Daily Trust on phone yesterday.
The agenda of the meeting was not made public as all the governors who attended the meeting declined comments. But sources close to the governors said that the meeting was at the instance of the former president.
But competent sources revealed that names of the ministerial nominees from the South West zone were discussed at the meeting.
According to our sources, the former president asked the governors to ensure that his candidate emerged as the chairman of the party at the next convention, which is likely to take place between September and October, this year.
Daily Trust can report that one month after his inauguration as president Alhaji Umaru Yar'Adua is yet to name his cabinet.
The former president had warned the governors not to let him down while pledging to defend the interest of the South-West at the national level.
It would be recalled that last Thursday, leadership of the PDP elected Obasanjo as the Chairman, Board of Trustees, in what has been described as a 'palace coup' by the media.
Obasanjo was said to have warned the governors on the need for them to be prudent in their economic decisions and avoid corruption that may put them in trouble with the new president.
He also stressed the need for the governors to give their maximum support to President Umaru Musa Yar'Adua.
Obasanjo, according to our source, also harped on the need for the governors to avoid violence in their respective states, stressing that peaceful co-existence with their people was necessary for any achievement in office.