The former president of Nigeria Chief Olusegun Obasanjo out of concern over violence rocking campaigns ahead of the forthcoming general elections met with party leaders and security chiefs in Ogun State in Abeokuta on Saturday.
The former president was not pleased with what was going on in the state, called a meeting to discuss solutions and way forward in ending violence in election campaigns as well as ensuring violent-free polls.
It was closed-door meeting inside the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library in Oke-Mosan with the attendance of Parties like APC, APM, African Democratic Congress and Action Democratic Party.
According to reports, the ex-President was not happy with the clash between the campaign teams of the All Progressives Congress and Allied People’s Movement in Abeokuta on Thursday, which left some persons injured and vehicles destroyed.
The ADC chairman in the state, Chief Wale Egunleti, who addressed reporters on behalf of the four parties present at the meeting, said Obasanjo called the meeting to foster peace among the parties ahead of the general elections in the state.
He said “Our father (Obasanjo) called the parties for a meeting to tell them to shun any form of violence during and after elections.
“We want to serve the people and we must lead by example. Therefore, we have been warned and advised to keep peace in Ogun for the benefit of all.
“Also, he said we should maintain peace and ensure that we inform the authorities about our plans and movement for security reasons.”
The governorship candidate of the ADC, Gboyega Isiaka, who was at the meeting, described it as a welcome development.
He said, “He (Obasanjo) is doing us a great favour. What happened on Thursday is not a good signal for us in Ogun State with the level of democracy we have experienced.
“The elder statesman called the meeting to talk about peace.”