Former Ogun State Governor, Gbenga Daniel, has given insight into the conflict between him and former president, Olusegun Obasanjo.
Mr. Daniel, who featured on a radio programme, Podium, on Sweet FM, Abeokuta, said the problem started in 2011 over the choices of candidates during the primaries of the Peoples Democratic Party.
“I opined that we should use one stone to kill 2 birds by picking a Muslim from Ogun West, to assuage the people of Ogun West who have continuously complained that they cannot be governor and the Muslim community who were also agitating at that time,” he said.
“That I felt was the winning formula then. Obasanjo disagreed insisting that religious factor should not be an important issue for that position at that time.
“It was a principled disagreement. Some extraneous factors also created a communication gap which did not help matters,” Mr. Daniel said.
The former governor said that development led to what appeared like a face-off between him and the former Mr. Obasanjo.
“I have told you earlier that I am a man of principles. Baba Obasanjo is also a man of principles. We attended the same school. We were trained to be very strong on principles,” Mr. Daniel said.
“Beyond that, Baba remains Baba. I am a thorough-bred Yoruba man. In terms of age, he is my senior.”
“In terms of experience, he is my senior. I have ruled only Ogun state and he has ruled the entire country Nigeria,” Mr. Daniel said.
“Check it out and you will discover that there is no other person that I have celebrated when I was governor more than Baba Obasanjo.
“Anytime I am ready for Baba, I will go to him and ask of what we are going to do. I will prostrate for the old man.
“The last time I was in his house, he gave me bush meat. We joked and we moved on. I think it is people who for various other reasons throw spanners between people.
“We have no issues. The relationship may not be described as excellent but it is good.
“Have you ever heard me publicly disparage Olusegun Obasanjo? You know the people who abuse Baba. Even in newspaper advertorials. I am a thorough-bred Yoruba man and that is the difference.”
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