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“My people have spoken”: Gbenga Daniel’s defection drama enters new chapter


“My people have spoken”: Gbenga Daniel’s defection drama enters new chapter

Former Ogun state governor, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, has announced that he is considering moving over to the opposition, All Progressives Congress (APC), following his resignation from the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), and retirement from partisan politics.

Backstory: Gbenga Daniel made this known barely 24 hour after his letter to the National Chairman of his former party, Prince Uche Secondus, announcing his retirement from politics and the party, was made public.

Supporters Call for Daniel to rescind his Decision: According to the former Ogun state leader, who also served as the Director General of PDP’s Atiku Abubakar Campaign Organization, his supporters have pleaded with him to cancel his retirement plans and lead them over to the ruling party, APC.

Daniel’s supporters who had visited his Asoludero residence in Sagamu area of Ogun state, under the aegis of the OGD Political Family, stated that they had previously worked with him towards the emergence of APC’s Dapo Abiodun as the governor elect of Ogun state, and would be willing to follow him to the APC.

After the meeting Gbenga Daniel said, “Basically, they said I could resign from PDP. They said I must lead them to APC and they also said I could not retire from politics. That is the summary of what I heard.”

Some of those who attended the meeting and expressed their intention to follow the candidate include former Chairman of Ogun/Osun River Basin, Iyabo Apampa; former Director-General of Ladi Adebutu Campaign Organization, Waliu Taiwo; and PDP Senatorial candidate, Jelili Amusan, among others.

On what he plans to do, Daniel said, “Now, we have to take a look at it. What else can I say? My people have spoken.”

Bottom Line: Gbenga Daniel is not fooling anyone. He likely intends to follow the long line of Nigerian politicians who jump parties after elections. That is his right. But pinning it on his supporters is a joke.

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