Former Governor of Ogun State and a chieftain of the People Democratic Party (PDP), Otunba Gbenga Daniel has expressed his discontent about the activities of some leaders of the Party admonishing them to desist from discussing political developments within the Party in the media as this negates one of the articles of the PDP Constitution.
According to Otunba Daniel, “internal disagreements which are supposed to be necessary ingredients of democracy are, on daily basis, being externalised. This smirks of indiscipline and must be discouraged by all lovers of democracy especially at this crucial period when we inch towards a major election that will shape the future of the nation”.
“For the avoidance of doubt, the National Working Committee (NWC) of the PDP has declared that there were no authorised primaries held in Ogun State as the leadership of the party had earlier on called on all stakeholders to come with a unity list of candidates encompassing all various interest groups across the State. Tremendous progress has been made in this respect and the onus lies on the leadership to point the way forward”.
In order not to disrupt the arrangement, Otunba Gbenga Daniel elected not to run and pulled out of the senatorial race some weeks before the so-called primaries were held.
However, at an emergency meeting summoned by the National leadership of the party on Christmas Day, Otunba Gbenga Daniel was directed to run in order to enhance the success of the Party at all levels in the Senatorial district and by extension, the whole of the State.
Going by this arrangement, it is absurd for any group to call themselves delegates and make statements that will only heat up the polity and may inadvertently affect the fortunes of the Party in the State.
The position of Otunba Daniel remains that all hands must be on deck to ensure the success of all the PDP candidates at the polls by mapping out campaign strategies and ways of reaching out to the masses for their block vote in the forthcoming elections.
The former Governor also charged all the lucky candidates that emerged according to the unity list and other aspirants who failed to make the list to put it behind them and work assiduously for the success of the Party at the 2015 election.
Media Officer to Otunba Gbenga Daniel,
29 Dec. 2014.