Former Governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, has quit partisan politics.
Daniel was a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and a member of the Atiku Abubakar campaign Organisation during the just concluded Presidential election in Nigeria.
The former Governor announced this in a letter he sent to National Chairman of PDP, Uche Secondus.
In the letter dated March 14, 2019, Daniel remarked:
“This is to inform you of my intention to resign from active and partisan politics with effect from today, the 14th day of March, 2019.
“My decision in this regard is entirely personal to me and having served in various capacities, including as governor of Ogun, I have resolved to immerse myself in some other vocations and take on some new challenges.”
“I joined the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ogun on Sunday, September 9, 2001 at an event which was described as one of the most ceremonial political rallies in our recent political history in the South – Western part of Nigeria.
“We rose from that rally to create a highly robust and effective political campaign machinery which resulted in an electoral victory for the Peoples Democratic Party in Ogun in 2003.
“This movement and vibration affected the politics of the region positively with a victory in five states of the South-West region.
“I served as governor of Ogun for eight years and our administration till today remains a point of reference in terms of physical, social, economic, educational and human capital development since the state was created in 1976.”
“The PDP in Ogun was confronted with a very difficult situation in matter of choice.
“Whereas the national leadership of our party recognised one candidate for the 2019 governorship election, the court pronounced another candidate, and in compliance, the INEC upheld the court’s order.
“Our situation was then compounded because the candidate which the court and INEC recognised and accepted as valid had earlier been expelled by the party.
“Going forward, we have responded to the yearnings of our people and joined others in emplacing an administration that we believe will better serve the interests of our people than what currently exists.
“I must say that looking back, I do not have any regrets over that patriotic choice and decision, especially as several of our citizens, leaders and stakeholders in the state and outside have commended that singular action.
“Many stakeholders within and outside Ogun feel fulfilled, excited and grateful about our decision to join others in putting a stop to a regime that was believed to be against the collective and general welfare of our people.
“Let me also add that in the last few months, I have had one of the rare privileges of traveling round the entire length and breadth of our great country on at least two occasions.
“The first being during my campaigns to become the National Chairman of our great party, and later as the Director General of the Atiku Presidential Campaign Organization (APCO).
“I must sincerely admit that in the course of all these travels, I have built a network of contacts of friends and associates in a mutually rewarding relationships which I cherished most and greatly too.
“I am therefore persuaded that I have fewer points to make and prove in my political journeys in partisan politics
“My decision to quit partisan politics notwithstanding, I have decided to rejuvenate my charity based organisation, the Gateway Front Foundation (GFF).
“This organisation will literally continue to dispense succor to our people in need, address and assist in the areas of some of their health challenges.
“I also plan on resuscitation of the non-partisan Political Leadership Academy (POLA) which I established some years ago as a platform of political education to our citizens.
“Without doubt, I will miss the company of my friends and associates and all those relationships I built in the course of the years all over the country,” Daniel stated