A former governor of Ogun state and Director-General of Atiku Abubakar’s presidential campaign in Ogun state, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, has hit back at some of his critics, who have been insulting him for dumping the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). According to Daniel, he does not deserve the “insults” he has received, since he announced his desire to resign from the PDP, and from partisan politics, on Thursday, March 14, 2019.
The former governor’s critics had also accused him of being a mole in the PDP, after he switched alliance to the All Progressives Congress (APC) and supported the APC gubernatorial candidate, (now governor-elect) Dapo Abiodun, instead of a PDP gubernatorial candidate, after the PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, lost the presidential elections to the APC incumbent, President Muhammad Buhari.
Below, is the press statement he made available to newsmen, recounting how he worked to get to where he is now.
“I am over 60 and have been a workaholic all my life. I was listed by the then National Concord as one of 50 most fascinating businessmen in Nigeria in 1990, as CEO of Kresta Laurel Ltd. Before then, I was the first black DMD of a multinational conglomerate where I worked.
“My company Kresta Laurel @ 25, three years ago, remains the only ISO certified in the country in Nigeria. I became the youngest Yoruba man to take a chieftaincy title in Ile Ife at Age 32, over 30 years ago.
“I became governor at 47 and left at 55 after 8 years of governance some 8 years ago. In all my life, it’s been work, work and work and in the political arena, it’s been the most thankless and insulting of all my life’s endeavor.“Even to voluntarily step back which ordinarily should be applauded, it’s more insult. I think something is fundamentally wrong with us, as a people. When a politician fails to leave, it’s complaints galore from the younger generation. “This one decides to step back at the peak, before handing the baton to another DG and successfully helped others to replace a sitting governor, you people have issues with that. Tell me what exactly do people want?”