By Chibuike Nwabuko
Erstwhile governor of Ogun State and a frontline contender for the PDP national chairmanship position, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, has stepped down from the race.
Gbenga Daniel is now the third candidate to quit after Bode George and Jimi Agbaje.
According to Premium Times, his withdrawal followed the letter he wrote to his party the People’s Democratic Party, (PDP) in this regard.
The letter reads thus:
Peoples Democratic Party Convention Planning Committee, Abuja.
9th Dec 2017
Re; Withdrawal from the Chairmanship Contest:
As you are aware, in the last three months when I took the decision to contest for the post of the National Chairman of our great party, I have done what has been described in many quarters as most unprecedented. I traversed the length and breadth of our great country, in all the 36 states and the FCT, meeting with various stakeholders, leadership and party members, and setting up structures not just for my personal aspiration, but also to feel the pulse of Nigerians and test the strength and popularity of our party among the citizens.
It was another learning curve for me because I discovered that in spite of our widely publicized pockets of internal challenges, many Nigerians are sincerely and justifiably looking for a credible alternative to the ruling party, the All Progressive Congress (APC), and most happily, the People’s Democratic Party is still being looked upon as that credible and acceptable alternative.
It was a great opportunity for me to spread the message of hope, renewing the confidence of not only our party members but also Nigerian citizens about our great party. I believe that I did what is expected of a loyal and committed party member to inject a new life into the party, refresh and re-energise it for optimum acceptance by the electorate.
We are a political party, and a democratic one at that. Contest for offices are expected to be competitive and this is what we have demonstrated sufficiently with the good number of very credible aspirants who have shown interests in all the various offices of our National Executive Committee to steer the ship of our party to victory in 2019. No doubt, we have suffered huge losses, from the control of some 25 States into only 11 states, capped with the loss of the Presidency in 2015. This, to me is the greatest challenge before our party, and regaining this lost glory is more important to me than any aspiration for offices.