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#PDPChairmanship: Gbenga Daniel lobbies Obasanjo in Abeokuta

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#PDPChairmanship: Gbenga Daniel lobbies Obasanjo in Abeokuta

Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chairmanship aspirant, Gbenga Daniel is intensifying his lobbying to emerge victorious at the party’s national convention in December.

Last week, the former Ogun governor sought and obtained the endorsement of former military Head of state, Ibrahim Babangida. Even though IBB has since then also endorsed Chief Raymond Dokpesi for the same position.

On Friday, Daniel visited former President, Olusegun Obasanjo at his Hilltop residence in Abeokuta to “consult with Baba Obasanjo and seek his advice” concerning his ambition.

Away with animosity: Before now, the relationship that existed between the duo was acrimonious. During Daniel’s tenure as governor, he had a running battle with Obasanjo who was Nigeria’s President at the time. Obasanjo also hails from Ogun state. Their battle culminated in the division in the Ogun state chapter of the PDP and the eventual surrender of power in the state to the then Action Congress of Nigeria.

Obasanjo’s support crucial: Interestingly, Daniel has now described the advice of the former President as one which is crucial to his emergence as the national chairman of the PDP.

“I’m contesting for the PDP chairmanship position. I’m consulting and Baba is one of the foundation members of the party and we can’t move without him,” Daniel said.

Is Obasanjo still interested in PDP?: During the administration of Goodluck Jonathan, Obasanjo’s frustration with the party was no secret. Eventually, he renounced his membership of the PDP and famously tore his membership card in the buildup to the 2015 general elections which saw the defeat of then incumbent president, Goodluck Jonathan and the PDP by President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Whether Obasanjo is still interested in the affairs of the party is one question only the Owu Chief can answer.

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