Former governor of Ogun state and one of the National Chairmanship aspirants of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, has declared that he has no plans to step down or put his ambition on hold to please anybody.
He made the declaration in reaction to speculations that he might be planning to jettison his ambition to become the PDP National Chairman for Chief Olabode George, another aspirant for the position.
Since the PDP announced the zoning of its chairmanship position to the South West, five major contenders have emerged from the region.
Otunba Daniel told newsmen in Lagos on Monday, that although Chief Bode George is a respected leader of the PDP, he would not back down for him but would see the race to its logical conclusion.
“All the aspirants for this position are my friends and competent people but I am the bridge builder and the best man for the job.”
“I will not step down for anyone because I did my consultations during our convention in Port Harcourt and I know so many leaders in Yorubaland who support me”.
“People contest for various reasons. Some people contest to enrich their curriculum vitae, some contest to get donations while some run to win”.
“It is not a do-or-die affair. It is an in-house contest and I’m running to win so as to bring my experiences to bear on the party and work on re-positioning the party,”.
Other aspirants for the position are Dr. Jimi Agbaje, the 2015 PDP guber candidate for Lagos state. He is in a strong contention with Chief Bode George, who many perceive as a strong contender for the position also from Lagos state.
Former Minister of Sports Dr. Taoheed Adedoja and Prof. Tunde Adeniran, a former Minister of Education are also jostling for the juicy position.