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In The News: Pressure on Gbenga Daniel to lead supporters out of PDP to APC

Multiple reports indicate a former Governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel is under pressure to lead his supporters from the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state following the announcement of his resignation from PDP and retirement from partisan politics.

According to reports on a meeting he held with his followers in Sagamu on Sunday, the former governor said the decision was purely on pressure from his supporters and loyalists across the state.

Daniel had in a letter dated March 14 and addressed to the PDP National Chairman, Uche Secondus, resigned from the party and also quit “partisan politics.”

But in a dramatic twist on Sunday, Daniel addressed his supporters and loyalists at his Asoludero residence in Sagamu on why “he decided to quit partisan politics.”

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Hundreds of his supporters roared and rejected Daniel’s position, saying “he must lead them into APC”, having worked for the victory of the ruling party’s governorship candidate, Dapo Abiodun in the March 9 election.

Further reports said Daniel did not give a categorical response to the demands of his supporters, but in an interview with newsmen, he gave hints about his next political move.

Below is the transcript of his interview with newsmen:

JOURNALISTS: What would you say on what played out at the meeting?

DANIEL: Basically, they (supporters) said I could resign from PDP. They said I must lead them to APC. And they also said I cannot retire from politics that is the summary of what I heard. Now we have to take a look at it.

JOURNALISTS: What is your position on their demands? Are you leading them into APC?

DANIEL: What else can I say? My people have spoken.

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