​Gbenga ​Daniel ​steps down for Kashamu in Ogun Senatorial race

A former Ogun State Governor, Gbenga Daniel, has forma​ll​y withdraw​n​from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Ogun East senatorial primary.

Meanwhile, the party leadership in the state has accused a former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Dimeji Bankole, of attempting to cut corners in securing the party’s ticket for the 2015 governorship election.

The PDP Chairman in the State, Dayo Bayo, disclosed this on Sunday while speaking with journalists at the secretariat of the party located along Presidential Boulevard, Abeokuta.

Mr. Bayo confirmed that Mr. Daniel had tendered a letter of withdrawal to the chairman’s office but did not disclose the reason behind the former governor’s action.

Mr. Bayo, however, noted that a known financier of the party, Buruji Kashamu, had shown interest in contesting the primary for same slot.

“I can tell you that my leader, the former governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, has submitted a letter of withdrawal for the Senate race to my office and he is not contesting in the primaries,” Mr. Dayo said

On Mr. Bankole’s rumoured governorship ambition, the party chairman denied any knowledge of it.

He said the party had observed that Mr. Bankole was not ready to follow due process; rather, wished to cut corners.

“I’m still saying that I am not aware that Dimeji Bankole is contesting the governorship in Ogun State,” Mr. Dayo said. “The money we are using to run this party is enormous. Some people have been doing that for years. Somebody cannot just say because he has been to Harvard, Cambridge or Oxford, he’s coming to lead us overnight. It’s not going to happen. So, if you are contesting you must come to the state secretariat and obtain an Expression of Interest form.

“You must follow due process. This young man is not following due process. He’s only looking for a short cut and there is no short cut in politics.

“I can tell you today that whatever arrangement is going to happen, I’m still the chairman of the party, I must know what the arrangement is. Even if it’s coming from our leaders at the national level, I’ll still at least be an observer at whatever meeting where they are going to have a tangible discussion.”

He explained that to the best knowledge of the party leadership in the state, Mr. Bankole did not pick an intent form from them, except he did so in Abuja, where the party national headquarters is located.

The chairman, however, explained that, as at the time of filing this report, the national headquarters of the party was yet to release a list of governorship aspirant but if later released and Mr. Bankole’s name was on it, he was welcome to participate in the primaries.

“But we’ll continue to say it that he did not obtain an Expression of Interest form from Ogun State. Until that is obtained, I wouldn’t know him as one of our aspirants,” Mr. Dayo said.


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  • Maria

    Now notorious drug dealer in the senate? I give up!!!

    • Jika

      Don’t give up.Let us keep hope alive.I can assure you that one day soon,the forces of good will overcome those of evil.If it is any consolation,always remember that man proposes but,God disposes,

    • Olu Ade

      …not only in the senate but in 99.9% of political positions…From Oga at the very top to Oga at the bottom…We need revolution to uproot them…Rogues in positions of authority

    • Uzoma

      If that’s what his constituents want, who are we demand otherwise? When you accept majority democratic rule, you accept it with all its benefits and shortcomings. Or would rather just have it with its benefits but without its shortcomings?

      • Maria

        Ok now…. as if the election is not going to be rigged…. if Nigerians indeed are the ones who elect their leaders, those parading themselves as leaders to have no chance.

  • Olu Ade

    A corrupt former governor stepping down for a drug baron… Ole gbe ole pon. Oni Jibiti gbe ipo fun oni jibiti…May God uproot these people from our national life.

    • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

      Even ‘desirable’ prostitutes have limited shelf lives!

      Seems this “ex-gomina” is no longer an “attractive political prostitute”!

  • King Carlos

    Ahhh Transformation Agenda indeed.

    And y’all say PDP and APC are the same… when I see Tinubu I see technocrats like Fashola, Ambode, Fayemi, and co. Tinubu goes deep to search for credible candidates. On the other hand I see my president with Kashamu, al Mustapha, Muhammad Abacha, Ali Modu Sherrif, Omisore, Fayose, Bode George, Alameiseigha, Asari Dokubo and co.

    Our president is so poor and weak when it comes to selecting his friends and employees. Obasanjo’s administration produced likes of Oby Ezekwesili, Frank Nweke jr, NOI and co.

    It’s like Jonathan is so weak to the point that people of questionable characters are being forced on him, or he feels that ‘those people’ have the ‘temerity’ to keep him in power. As a president, you are not supposed to be hob nobbing with people like Ali Modu sheriff in public. Jonathan pardoned Alams, pardoned Bode George, declared Abacha family corruption free. He also set Mustapha free. What kind of president is this?

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