Former vice-president of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar has appointed former Ogun state governor, Otunba Gbenga Daniel as the Director-General of his campaign for the 2019 presidency. In a press release personally signed by him, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar said, Mr. Daniel will see to the day to day running of his campaign while he focuses on his nationwide consultation.
The statement reads in part: “I am pleased to officially notify you of the appointment of His Excellency, Otunba Gbenga Daniel (OGD) as he is popularly known, as the Director-General of the Atiku Campaign Organisation. OGD is a former two-term governor of Ogun State, and a foremost engineer, businessman and astute politician.
“He has vast knowledge of the Nigerian political terrain and has a wide network of contacts and friends all over Nigeria, and these are a few of the assets he will be bringing to our campaign organisation. I am in no doubt that OGD is a very positive and welcome addition to our campaign and I look forward to working with him as he leads our campaign to victory come February 2019.”
Otunba Daniel, a businessman, listed as one of 50 most promising Nigerians in a national newspaper in the 1990s, started his political career as a young member of the Committee of Friends in the Unity Party of Nigeria, a political party founded by the late sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo in the late 1970s, he was one of the major financiers of the Agbalajobi’s aspiration to become the governor of Lagos State in the 1990s.
His Kresta Laurel office in Maryland, Ikeja also served as the campaign headquarters of Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu in 1999 where he also played key roles. The former Governor of Ogun State was quite involved in the politics of South west Nigeria, supporting socio-cultural associations like Afenifere and Yoruba Council of Elders (Y.C.E.) as well as various associations and groups.