Daniel vows to fight Obasanjo to the finish

“We are in a marathon war, and in this particular fight, we will fight it to its logical conclusion.”

That was the pronouncement made by the Governor of Ogun State Gbenga Daniel yesterday as he addressed supporters at the inauguration of campaign committees held at Valley View auditorium in the government house, Abeokuta.

Two factions headed by Mr. Daniel and former Nigerian president, Olusegun Obasanjo, held parallel primaries to select the People’s Democratic Party candidates for the forthcoming general elections in the state. Tunji Olurin had emerged as the PDP gubernatorial candidate for the Obasanjo faction while Gboyega Isiaka was elected in Mr. Daniel’s faction. Now both groups are embattled in a series of legal suits to determine who will ultimately get the top nominee spot.

“We have started this war since 2006,” the governor told his supporters, “and I want you to shine your eyes.”

The governor claimed he had done everything possible to appease the Obasanjo faction of the PDP, “yet the camp had remained difficult”.

“Therefore, at the stage the situation gets now, you cannot be in the river and complain of cold,” Mr. Daniel said.

He added that those pushing Tunji Olurin to become governor, knew that he (Olurin) could not win an election even in his Ilaro hometown.

War song

“They even used opposition media to fight us, an indication that they are working together with [the] opposition party to destroy our party and later move out,” said the governor.

Continuing the allegations against Mr. Obasanjo’s faction, Mr. Daniel said that the political war against him started in 2006, with the stealing of his administration vouchers as a way to implicate him. The governor recalled that a number of his cabinet members were quizzed by the Economic Financial Crimes Commision (EFCC), but eventually came out unscathed.

“Those who steal vouchers to nail me, where are they today?” he said. “We were harassed and intimidated, but God was on our side. I am not personally surprised with what we are witnessing today. You should not be shocked because of what we have been facing.”

Insisting that his camp would produce all the candidates to contest the elections, Mr. Daniel who also sang some Yoruba war songs, assured his supporters that “by May 29, we will successfully transit to the government of our choice.”
Source: 234next.com


  1. OK Mr. Daniel, so the thing is now a government of your choice? Not a government of the people’s choice. Sometimes these idiots in power think the masses are nincompoops. GOD will surely redeem us from this scourge of stupid and selfish people.

  2. i think my gbenga daniel has to be very careful in fighting his case, if he truly has a just one lest he gets himself into serious trouble after may 29. in my opinion, his case can be likened to that of ngige and uba in anambra; when Obasanjo rigged for him and his other southwest counterparts in 2003 to oust all AD candidates (except lagos), he was a good man then. when he also assisted him to rob amosun who glaringly won that election in 2007, he (obasanjo) was not bad at that time. when you feel you are too big as to trying trample on powers that make you, what daniel is seeing now is what you get. i will advise him, if he is leaving PDP, he should just move to ACN as they seem to really know how to fight legal battles; they can help him out. if he thinks he wants to fight this case the way he is going, he might just have himself to blame. a word is enough for the wise!

  3. Gbenga Daniel is trying to bite the fingers that feed him and like our elders used to say – “The river that forgets its source must dry up”. Obasanjo has always been the kingmaker in Ogun State and when the concubine of your mother is bigger, lager and more resourceful that your father, you are bound to address him as “Father”. No matter what Obasanjo is doing, he still deserves the respect of an elder from Gbenga Daniel. We are tired of politicians like Gbenga Daniel turning Ogun State into a battle ground. We need progress and anything short of that must be rejected. What has Gbenga Daniel done for the development of Abeokuta during his Governance? It will be good riddance to bad rubbish. Ogun State must and will move forward whether Gbenga Daniel and his cronnies like it or not.

  4. All these issues playing up in Ogun State today are the aftermath of injustice done to the people of Ogun State and Nigeria in general in the 2003 selection/imposition process perfected by OBJ and his cohorts. The master needs to implant one of his cronies by virtue of the God father he is. Or Daniel are you trying to play the God fatherism, remember the same system brought you to power. Enough, of those empty treats. He that goes to equity must come with clean hands.


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