Ex-governor Gbenga Daniel, supporters defect from PDP to APC.
A former governor of Ogun State, Gbenga Daniel, yesterday said his supporters across the state have pleaded with him to lead them to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
This is coming barely 24 hours after Daniel, who was Director-General of Atiku Abubakar Campaign Organisation, announced his resignation from partisan politics, even as some of his supporters urged him to reverse the decision.
However, National Publicity Secretary of APC, Lanre Issa-Onilu yesterday denied the development, saying there was nothing like that as far as the party’s national headquarters was concerned.
He said: “The APC national headquarters is not aware of Daniel’s intention to join us yet, but that is not to say the story is not true. Our constitution says that if anybody wants to join the party, he would go through his ward, local government, and state before the national headquarter is notified.
“I would, therefore, advise that this inquiry is directed to the former governor’s ward in Ogun State.”
Some of Daniel’s supporters, who converged on his Asoludero residence in Sagamu held a meeting with him yesterday, during which they urged him to lead them to APC, instead of abandoning them in a ‘political wilderness.’
His loyalists anchored their demands on the fact that they had worked with him towards the emergence of the state’s governor-elect, Dapo Abiodun.
Daniel had convened a stakeholders’ meeting of his loyalists under the aegis of OGD Political Family to formally address them and announce his exit from partisan politics.
But some of them who attended the meeting expressed their displeasure at his retirement.
Some of those who were at the meeting is a former Chairman of Ogun/Osun River Basin, Iyabo Apampa and former Director General of Ladi Adebutu Campaign Organisation, Waliu Taiwo.
Also, a former Special Assistant to Daniel on Youths, Ifekayode Akinbode and senatorial candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Jelili Amusan, among others attended the meeting.
Speaking with newsmen shortly after the meeting, Daniel said, “Basically, they said I could resign from PDP, but I should lead them to APC and also insisted I could not retire from politics. That is the summary of what I heard.”
Daniel had announced his intention to retire from partisan politics in a letter addressed to National Chairman of PDP, Uche Secondus.