PDP Chairmanship: Gbenga Daniel steps down

Gbenga Daniel
Gbenga Daniel; Photo credits: Tribune

A frontline contender for the PDP national chairmanship position, Gbenga Daniel, has stepped down from the race.

Mr. Daniel, a former Ogun State governor, is the third candidate to quit after Bode George and Jimi Agbaje.

Read Mr. Daniel’s letter to the party on Saturday:

The Chairman,
Peoples Democratic Party Convention Planning Committee, Abuja.
9th Dec 2017

Re; Withdrawal from The Chairmanship Contest:

As you are aware, in the last three months when I took the decision to contest for the post of the National Chairman of our great party, I have done what has been described in many quarters as most unprecedented. I traversed the length and breadth of our great country, in all the 36 states and the FCT, meeting with various stakeholders, leadership and party members, and setting up structures not just for my personal aspiration, but also to feel the pulse of Nigerians and test the strength and popularity of our party among the citizens.

It was another learning curve for me because I discovered that in spite of our widely publicized pockets of internal challenges, many Nigerians are sincerely and justifiably looking for a credible alternative to the ruling party, the All Progressive Congress (APC), and most happily, the Peoples Democratic Party is still being looked upon as that credible and acceptable alternative.

It was a great opportunity for me to spread the message of hope, renewing the confidence of not only our party members but also Nigerian citizens about our great party. I believe that I did what is expected of a loyal and committed party member to inject a new life into the party, refresh and reenergise it for optimum acceptance by the electorate.

We are a political party, and a democratic one at that. Contest for for offices are expected to be competitive and this is what we have demonstrated sufficiently with the good number of very credible aspirants who have shown interests in all the various offices of our National Executive Committee to steer the ship of our party to victory in 2019. No doubt, we have suffered huge losses, from the control of some 25 States into only 11 states, capped with the loss of the Presidency in 2015. This, to me is the greatest challenge before our party, and regaining this lost glory is more important to me than any aspiration for offices.

In order to sustain the new found peace and renewed confidence of Nigerians in our party and reduce the veiled but potential line of frictions, I consider it in the best interest the party to voluntarily withdraw from the Chairmanship race so that we can collectively look for and elect good leaders for the purpose of winning elections in 2019.

Kindly accept assurances of my esteemed regards.

Otunba (Engr.) Gbenga Daniel FNSE, FAEng.

cc; PDP BOT Chairman


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  • MilitaryPolice01 [Joint Chief]

    A welcome development, it would have been easier to mudsling Daniel and by extension PDP using Efcc.

  • Alpha

    Wow! PDP is now practising true democracy. I didn’t think I would live to see this day. Having said that,all the looting oga GEJ condoned is still fresh in our minds and will remain fresh till 2019.

  • Suleiman Alatise

    Another pretender is gone, hurray.

  • Tunsj

    Bunch of rogues.

  • Mufu Ola

    “……. so that we can collectively look for & elect good leaders…..” So this man Gbenga Daniel knew all along he’s not a good leader yet he kept wasting PDP members’ time with with his posturing.

    • princegab

      There must be something sinister going on they don’t want us to know. Wike must have played a trick in favour of Secundus. A renewed pdp has a new problem to contend with already.

  • deri best

    Good riddance to bad rubbish–he was an agent of Obj– and the Apes in Apc in Sokoto and Lagos