Former governor, Otunba Gbenga Daniel validates APC membership in Ogun

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A former governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, his wife, Olufunke and some associates on Thursday, registered as members of the All Progressives Congress in the state.

They all registered at Ward 12, Isote in Sagamu Local Government Area of the state.

Daniel’s registration came two days after he was officially received into the APC by five state governors, including Prince Dapo Abiodun (Ogun), Arakunrin Rotimi Akeredolu (Ondo), Alhaji Atiku Bagudu (Kebbi), Dr Abdullahi Ganduje (Kano) and Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello (Niger).

The registration saw scores of excited party members thronged the ward where Daniel was scheduled to obtain his APC membership slip, chanting solidarity slogans.

The former governor was registered by his Ward Chairman, Suji Olusegun.

The exercise was supervised by the state chairman of APC Membership Registration and Revalidation Committee, Hon. Ademorin Kuye.

The state Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Mrs Funmi Efuwape, who witnessed the registration, said APC members were happy that the former governor was back into the progressive fold.

Efuwape, who was a former Chairman of Sagamu Local Government, expressed hope that Daniel would become a rallying point for party members.

She said, “We are happy he (Daniel) is back in the progressive fold. Before Otunba Gbenga Daniel joined the Peoples Democratic Party, of course, he was part of the progressives.

“So, we are happy to have him back and that shows that everybody knows that APC is the party to reckon with in Nigeria.

“We are one family. We know that he’s going to act as a rallying point for we the young ones that are actually on the field. So, we welcome him wholeheartedly.”

Recall that Daniel, a two-term governor on the platform of Peoples Democratic Party and the Director-General of the Atiku Abubakar Presidential Campaign Organisation in the 2019 presidential election, defected to the APC on Tuesday.

The former governor had said his decision to join APC, two years after quitting the PDP, was “well considered and well thought out.”

According to him, Nigeria needs leaders to come together and speak with one voice in order to tackle various challenges confronting the nation.

Receiving Daniel into the ruling party, Governor Abiodun had on Tuesday said the development was historic.

He recalled how Daniel supported his emergence as governor in 2019 and expressed confidence that the ex-governor would add a lot of value to the party.

Governor Abiodun said, “Otunba Gbenga Daniel will come with a lot of experience, a lot of wisdom, he is a very dynamic individual, he is referred to as the Lion of the West. He will no doubt add a lot of value to our great party. I have the pleasure of leading my colleagues to receive you into APC.”

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