Five governors receive Gbenga Daniel into APC


Former Governor Gbenga Daniel  of Ogun  on Tuesday night officially defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC), barely two years after quitting the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Daniel, Director-General, Atiku Abubakar Presidential Campaign Organisation in last general elections  , had in March, 2019 officially resigned from the PDP, saying he was pulling out from partisan politics.

The former governor  had since not joined any political party officially, but had openly endorsed Gov. Dapo Abiodun, then governorship candidate of the All Progressives Candidate (APC) during 2019 gubernatorial.

He was received into APC at his Asoludero residence, Sagamu, by Gov.  Abiodun, Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, , Atiku Bagudu (Kebbi) , Kano State governor  Abdullahi Ganduje and Niger State Governor, Abubakar Bello. 

Bello,  the Chairman of APC Registration and Revalidation Committee, presented broom, a symbol of APC to Daniel , to formally welcome him into the party.

He disclosed that the National Chairman of APC Caretaker Committee, Mai Mala  Buni, and Bagudu would be formally presenting  Daniel to President Muhammadu Buhari.  

In his remarks, Bagudu, the Chairman of APC Governors, described Daniel as a political colossus with outstanding political ideology. 

He said APC had grown bigger and better with his defection, adding that the party was happy to receive him.

Akeredolu described Daniel’s defection as homecoming, and called on leaders of APC in the state to come together and build the party stronger.

Responding, Daniel said the decision to join APC was well considered and thought out.

He explained that  Nigeria  needed leaders to come together and  speak with one voice in order to tackle challenges.

“In Ogun, no better time because we have a working governor and needs  support of all,” Daniel said.

In his remarks,  Gov. Abiodun described Daniel’s defection as historic , saying that he supported his governorship election with his supporters.

“Daniel will add a lot of value to our party. We are a party, not a social club,  before joining us today,  his advanced party has joined us,  we expected more people to join us before the end of the registration and revalidation exercise,” he said.

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