Tunji Bosun, Abeokuta
Barely 24 hours after a former governor of Ogun State, Gbenga Daniel resigned from partisan politics, hundreds of his political supporters on Sunday prevailed on him to rescind the decision.
The supporters who cut across all the local government areas in the state, asked him to, instead, lead them to the All Progressives Congress.
The former governor who served as Director-General of Atiku Abubakar Campaign Organisation on Saturday announced his intention, in a letter sent to the national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Uche Secondus, to retire from partisan politics.
Daniel’s supporters who converged on his ‘Asoludero’ private residence in Sagamu GRA, held a meeting with him and prevailed on him to lead them to the APC, instead of abandoning them in “political wilderness.”
Daniel’s loyalists anchored their demands on the fact that they had worked towards the emergence of the governorship candidate of the APC in the state, Dapo Abiodun.
Some of those who spoke at the meeting included a former Chairman of Ogun/Osun River Basin, Iyabo Apampa; a former Director-General of Ladi Adebutu Campaign Organisation, Waliu Taiwo; former Special Assistant to Daniel on Youths, Ifekayode Akinbode; and senatorial candidate of the PDP, Jelili Amusan, among others.
They told their leader that they were not willing to entertain any excuse from him for quitting partisan politics.
They told him to forget whatever he might have personally suffered during his stay at the PDP, stressing that “life itself is full of ups and downs.”
Earlier, Daniel had informed the audience that his assignment in Ogun politics as well as that of Nigeria as a whole had been completed and was ready to quit politics “when the ovation is loudest.”
One of the party stalwarts, Akinbode led other members of the OGD Political Family to prostrate for Daniel, while women held his legs, pleading that he should lead them to the APC.
Arriving at a final resolution, Amusan led members of the OGD Political Family in a voice vote where they all resolved to collectively join the APC.
Speaking with newsmen shortly after the meeting, Daniel said, “Now, we have to take a look at it.”
When asked if he was ready to go to the APC, Daniel said, “What else can I say? My people have spoken.”