He also said that he was resolved to partner the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ogun State “to change the change” in the next general poll.
The incumbent governor of Ogun State, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, is on the platform of All Progressives Congress (APC), has his slogan as “Change.”
Daniel said this at a news conference, which took place in his Lagos home, declaring that his resolve to rally his party to support Jonathan in 2015 was based on his conviction that the president remained a better option in the current circumstances, notwithstanding the security challenges facing the country.
The former governor, who noted the turn-around by the current administration made in the once troubled Niger-Delta region rocked by militancy, and the rebasing of the country’s economy brought about by oil exploration activities restored to normalcy, pointed out that President Jonathan remained the best option for now to rule the country.
Daniel, who was the South-West coordinator of the Jonathan-Sambo presidential campaign in 2011, while reeling out the achievements of Jonathan, maintained that it would be wrong for anybody to assess him on the situation in power sector and insecurity occasioned by the Boko Haram insurgency.
According to him, every of his predecessors had failed to put the power sector in place, whereas Jonathan had done better in that regard, saying that the Boko Haram was not about insecurity, but pure terrorism and insurgency, which he viewed as a new concept in the country.
Speaking further, the former governor expressed the determination of his Labour Party to partner the PDP to chase out Governor Amosun of APC from Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, come 2015.
Reacting, however, Chairman Mobilisation Committee of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), South-West, prince Buruji Kashamu, on Tuesday, said the statement made by former Governor Gbenga Daniel that Labour Party had working relationship with the PDP on 2015 poll “is part of the grand plot by Daniel to hoodwink and mislead the good people of Ogun State.”
The full text of his press statement reads:
My attention has been drawn to a statement credited to the former Governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, to the effect that his Labour Party (LP) is in a working arrangement with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
He made the remarks today at a Press Conference he addressed at his Maryland, Lagos office/residence.
As a leader of the PDP in Ogun State and Chairman, Organisation and Mobilisation Committee, PDP, South West, I wish to state that this statement is part of the grand plot by Daniel to hoodwink and mislead the good people of Ogun State.
He has had his time when he ruled the state for eight years and simple discretion would require that he quit the stage, or at best, play the role of an elder statesman. But since he has elected to continually play the spoiler, he should be told in unmistakeable terms that so long as he continues to play his divisive politics of promoting LP, he should leave PDP out of his political flirting.
It is the height of betrayal that someone who rode on the platform of PDP to political prominence would want to undermine the same party because of his own selfish interest and over bloated ego. He wants to be the Alpha and Omega of any political party he finds himself. That is why he has sidelined the authentic Olabode Simeon-led State Executive Committee of the Labour Party in order to impose his stooges and puppets on the party. He has carried on with the same reckless abandon that was his undoing the other in spite of a subsisting court injunction that status quo should be maintained in the dispute that arose over the Labour Party structure. I wager that this is a potential landmine that many have not averred their minds to.
It is simply incongruous and inconsistent that someone who claims to have left the PDP and is now in LP would want to work for a PDP candidate at any level. If PDP is not good enough for him to be part of, why work for its success and that of its candidates at any level? One would have expected him to remain in his Labour Party and leave us alone in PDP. He cannot be in LP and be talking of collaborating with PDP for any election. It is mischievous, to say the least.
If he is mouthing this in the hope that it could give him some soft-landing in his ongoing trial over his alleged involvement in criminal diversion of funds and conversion of land belonging to the Ogun State government for private use, then he is mistaken. I know that his major grouse for leaving the PDP is because the Federal Government refused to shield him from trial by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). The PDP-led Federal Government has shown time and again that it would not stand in the way of the Rule of Law, no matter who is involved.
Prince Buruji Kashamu