Securitymen attached to former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s Hilltop residence in Abeokuta, yesterday, prevented a former governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel from gaining entry into Obasanjo’s palatial home.
It was gathered last night that, Daniel who was billed to declare his defection into the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, very soon was at Obasanjo’s house to seek his blessing and possible forgiveness.
According to a source who pleaded anonymity, Daniel allegedly sat at the back of a vehicle driven by former minister of Mines and Steel, Sarafa Ishola but, was uncovered and reportedly turned back.
“Ishola who drove the vehicle, who was earlier granted entry, was also turned back when his trick was uncovered.
“The incident occurred at about 10.30 am and it reportedly left the embattled former governor humiliated and traumatised”, the source said.
Daniel was engaged in supremacy battle with the former President which caused him to vow never to return to the PDP, despite his declared interest to work for the re-election of President Goodluck Jonathan.
Efforts to get Daniel or his aides to respond to the development were futile as their phones could not be reached.
PDP reconciles Daniel, Kashamu
Meantime, the PDP has reconciled former Governor Daniel and Chairman of Mobilisation and Organisation Committee of the party in South West, Buruji Kashamu.
The National Secretary of the PDP, Prof. Adewale Oladipo disclosed this when Daniel made a surprise appearance at a Sallah party organised by Kashamu at the Goodluck Jonathan Political Centre, Ijebu Igbo.
Oladipo said it was important for both Daniel and Kashamu to reconcile and work together to ensure victory for PDP in the presidential election, in particular and take total control of the state in 2015.
According to him, “I am sure that with the coming together of Buruji and Daniel, as they have demonstrated their friendship and had been seen today, they will consummate it by the special grace of God, in a few days’ time and the National Working Committee, NWC, is encouraging them to do that.”
Commenting on the significance of Daniel’s unexpected visit, Kashamu said: “Although it was a private visit, it is perhaps a precursor to my prediction penultimate Sunday that Daniel had no choice but to return to PDP.
“Many people have expressed their readiness to join the PDP, that is why the NWC set up an integration committee for the South West and is headed by the Senate President, David Mark”, Kashamu said.