by Segun Odeleye
The former governor of Ogun, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, on Wednesday announced that he was returning to the PDP after a few years in the Labour Party. He becomes the third frontline politician in the last two weeks to decamp to the PDP, with Segun Mimiko, the governor of Ondo (formerly in Labour Party) and Peter Obi, the ex-Anambra governor (formerly in APGA) being the other two.
Daniel was at the PDP national headquarters on Wednesday where the party’s national chairman, Adamu Mu’azu and the senate president, David Mark, received him.
“On this day, I return to my base, the PDP, where I rightly belong,” Daniel said.
He hailed President Goodluck Jonathan, saying that the president is the best performing one Nigeria has seen and should be supported for another term.
Daniel also pleaded with former president Olusegun Obasanjo, who is also from Ogun state, to forgive him if he had offended him in any way.
PDP chairman, Adamu Mu’azu echoed Daniel’s plea when he also appealed for Obasanjo’s forgiveness.
“I want to join Governor Daniel to appeal to our Baba, President Olusegun Obasonjo, to forgive us. We are your children and we have been making mistakes; we had made mistakes and so we apologise. Please Baba, we apologise, come and lead us, even the president is waiting for you to come and lead us; you are our leader, we appreciate you, we thank you for your leadership and your courage,” he said.
Mu’azu however said that Ogun was a PDP state and would be reclaimed next year.
He said that the party, under his leadership, would ensue a level playing ground for all party members, adding that equity and justice would also be ensured in the party.
Meanwhile, senate president David Mark, who heads the South West Integration Committee of the PDP expressed the hope that the return of Daniel and Gov. Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo State would ensure the defection of other South West political stakeholders to the PDP.
“I believe that with your home coming, the PDP is assured of victory in Ogun and the South West,” he said.