By Kolade Larewaju, Abeokuta
EMBATTLED Governor Gbenga Daniel of Ogun State, yesterday, beat a retreat in his supremacy battle with former President Olusegun Obasanjo over the control of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and begged him for forgiveness.
, Olubara of Ibara, Oba Jacob Omolade, Chief Kenny Martins and Chief Olubukonla Adebutu Kessington (left) after a closed door meeting at obj’s Hilltop Residence, Abeokuta, yesterday.”]Governor Daniel who was taken to the former President’s residence in Abeokuta by a class mate of Obasanjo and the Olubara of Ibara, Abeokuta, Oba Jacob Omolade; Chief Afe Babalola (SAN) and Pools Magnate, Chief Kessington Adebutu, admitted that he had begged Obasanjo for forgiveness.
His faction of PDP had sought to edge out the Obasanjo faction in the battle to pick the state executives of the PDP and its governorship candidate.The Obasanjo group won, forcing supporters of the governor to join an unknown Peoples Party of Nigeria, PPN.
But Daniel, after yesterday’s meeting which lasted about three hours during which he was said to have prostrated and begged Obasanjo passionately, said: “Let me say this to you, I am a true Yoruba son, and in Yorubaland it doesn’t matter who is right or who is wrong. It is the younger that will beg the older person. So I have begged Baba and I will continue to beg him”
He also said he had accepted General Idowu Olurin, who was picked by the Obasanjo faction as the candidate of the party and that all those who went to PPN would return.
“Of course, Olurin is the governorship candidate of PDP”, he said, adding, “well in all things we have to give thanks to God. And I think what has happened today is a manifestation of work of God and I want to seize this opportunity to thank the elders and to also thank Baba for the opportunity of the meeting.
I don’t have any doubt in my mind that we can work things out. What we have started to do today is a manifestation of better things to come. As you have always been aware, it is true that a large number of our supporters feel disenchanted and I think even if we have to sit down and begin to find a lasting solution that is what we have started today.
“I have no doubt in my mind that we will talk to ourselves. PDP still remains a very strong and united party. And you know that there was never a time that I left. The people who left felt very aggrieved. And we are starting the process of reconciliation.
Former President Obasanjo confirmed that Daniel had begged him saying “well, you know one thing, if you are a true Christian your prayer would be: Our father who hath in Heaven, and you will end up with forgive us our trespasses and those who trespass against us whether knowingly or unknowingly.
“Of course, as long as I pray to God to forgive me my sins, I forgive people who sin against me, particularly those who ask for forgiveness. Then I ask God to deliver me from evil and deliver those who sin against me.”
One of the facilitators of the peace meeting, Chief Afe Babalola said, “we are happy to say we have settled the rift in PDP and it has been properly resolved today. And Governor Daniel will be at the airport tomorrow (today) as PDP governor with PDP members to receive the President. We are happy that all problems are amicably resolved.”