Thursday, 5 October 2017

Ex President, IBB Endorses Gbenga Daniels for PDP National Chairmanship Position

Former head of state, Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida, has endorsed the former governor of Ogun state, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, to become the national chairman of the PDP.
Former Nigeria’s military President, General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida (rtd), may have shuned Chief Bode George as the chairmanship race of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) intensifies.
IBB on wednesday evening, threw his full weight behind former Ogun State Governor, Gbenga Daniel, who had called on the former military president as part of his consultation with the stakeholders of the party in the race to the PDP chairman ship slated for December.
Babangida who described the former governor as “My chairman-in-waiting,” said; “I am supporting you because I know you very well. Gbenga Daniel, you’re my Chairman.
“I was elated when I first heard that you are interested in volunteering yourself for this great service to our country. You represent the breadth of fresh air that the party deserves at this stage.
“I know Daniel very well and I know his unparalleled capacity for work. I have a strong conviction that with him as chairman, the party can be turned around again.”
Speaking earlier, Daniel said he came to notify the former military president of his ambition, stressing that no serious politician in the country would embark on such an important national task without seeking the wisdom and blessing of the Minna-born retired army general.
Meanwhile, George, a former National Deputy Chairman of the PDP, formally announced his bid to become the national chairman of the party yesterday.
Speaking at an interactive session with journalists in Lagos, he said God had given PDP a second chance which the party must take advantage of.
He said God had used the Supreme Court to save PDP from disintegration and called on members of the party not to bungle the opportunity by ensuring that only people with the requisite experienced were elected to run the parties.
He said: “We are fighting a party that is now a colossus. Politics is war by other means. So we must get it right if indeed we want to return to power in 2019. I want all those contesting to also let us debate before our members so we can tell them our plans and be able to convince them. That is democracy.”
He said PDP must take up the challenge threw at the opposition by President Muhammadu Buhari.