Gbenga Daniel, former Governor of Ogun State and the campaign manager for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate in the 2019 election, Atiku Abubakar, has defected to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
In a message to his supporters and former party members, Daniel apologized for the short notice, claiming that his decision to leave the PDP to the APC was for the good of the state and his support for Governor Dapo Abiodun.
Daniel, who is expected to pick up the membership card of APC before the registration of new members closes today, said he took the ‘speedy curve’ with the request of the national caretaker Chairman of APC, Mai Mala Buni, to visit him alongside three APC governors.
“I thought I should quickly brief the house before the news goes viral,” he said in the statement.
“Dear Friends & Colleagues, pardon my short notice in informing you of my route to the APC which, as you might have suspected, started with my supporting Governor Dapo Abiodun during the last election.
“I have since experienced an avalanche of encouragement to come on board. However, in the last 48 hours, things took a dizzying speed with the decision of the APC National Chairman’s request to visit me at Asoludero with about three governors.
“While planning for the visit, Governor Abiodun also decided to visit me later today with another set of Governors. It therefore means that I have finally been ‘captured’.
“I thought I should quickly brief the house before the news go viral. Thanks for your understanding.”
A source close to Daniel who confirmed the move, said the former governor will meet with Buni on Wednesday.
Expected to be part of the meeting are Governors Abubakar Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State, Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State and Badaru Abubakar of Jigawa State.
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