Former Head of State, Gen Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida (IBB) and the former Governor of Ogun state, Otunba (Engr.) Gbenga Daniel (OGD)
By Dirisu Yakubu
ABUJA – Former Military President and one of the founding fathers of the Peoples Democratic Party, General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida (rtd), has thrown his weight behind the former Governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel (OGD) in his bid to become the National Chairman of the party in the December national elective convention, describing him as a ‘breath of fresh air’.
IBB made this declaration at his Hilltop residence in Minna, the Niger State Capital on Wednesday when the former governor accompanied by a powerful delegation paid him a visit as part of his ongoing consultations amongst critical stakeholders.
Speaking during the visit, Daniel said he had come to notify the self-styled military President of his ambition, stressing that no serious politician in the country would embark on such an important national task without seeking the wisdom and blessing of the Minna-born retired army general.
Responding, President Babangida said he was quite elated when he heard of the former Ogun State Governor’s intent to offer his service to the party as national chairman.
He said: “I was elated when I first heard that you were interested in volunteering yourself for this great service to our country. You represent the breadth of fresh air that the party deserves at this stage.
“I know Gbenga Daniel very well and I know his unparalleled capacity for work. I have a strong conviction that with Daniel as chairman, the party can be turned around again,” even as he referred to him as “My chairman in waiting.”
His words: “I am supporting you because I know you very well. Gbenga Daniel, you’re my Chairman in waiting. “
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