Former Ogun state governor and strategist for People’s Democratic Party’s (PDP) presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, has announced his resignation from partisan politics, as he steps away from the PDP.
Backstory: Gbenga Daniel had previously joined the PDP in 2001 after which he went on to defeat incumbent governor, Olusegun Osoba in the 2003 Ogun state governorship polls, and served two terms up until 2011.
Daniel made his exit known in a letter, dated March 14, and addressed to the National Chairman of the PDP, Prince Uche Secondus, where he explained that he was exiting the political scene as he had reached the peak of his career.
The former governor had been arraigned over corruption charges after his exit from office in 2011, although a final judgment was never reached in his case. Following his loss at the polls to be the party’s National Chairman, Daniel was appointed director of Atiku Abubakar’s campaign team, but was later replaced by Senate President, Bukola Saraki.
Plans for the Future: On his plan for the future following his exit from the party, Daniel stated that he would spend his retirement running his charity and political foundation.
“My decision to quit partisan politics notwithstanding, I have decided to rejuvenate my charity based organization, the Gateway Front Foundation (GFF) which will literally continue to dispense succor to our people in need, address and assist in the areas of some of their health challenges; I also plan on resuscitation of the non-partisan Political Leadership Academy (POLA) which I established some years ago as a platform of political education to our citizens.”
Bottom Line: It has been an interesting couple of months for the former governor. First he served as campaign DG for former VP Atiku Abubakar before he was replaced following Atiku’s victory at the PDP primary in Port Harcourt. He remained as a strategist an adviser to Atiku, but shortly after Atiku’s loss at the presidential poll, Daniel endorsed the APC candidate for Ogun state governor instead of the PDP candidate, Buruji Kashamu, who he has a long running battle with. And now he has quit partisan politics.