LAGOS—FORMER governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, said yesterday, that former President Olusegun Obasanjo may have seen Atiku Abubakar, presidential aspirant of Peoples Democratic Party from a new perspective, based on the failures of the Muhammadu Buhari administration. Former Governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel Speaking at a press conference in Lagos, Daniel said that faced with the option of Buhari and Atiku that the former Vice-President would undoubtedly prevail.
Daniel, who is the Director-General of the Atiku Abubakar Campaign Organisation, also projected Atiku’s support for restructuring and his business background as among other reasons why he would make a better president of Nigeria in 2019. He said: “When people take positions, they take them based on the information that is available to them. And as this progresses, sometimes you now discover new things, you face new realities, I think that a number of people have been quite unhappy with the progression that has taken place.
“People are facing a new reality, I won’t be surprised if Olusegun Obasanjo is starting to change his position. It does appear that if we are not careful, we will continue to retrogress in the quality of people that occupy political position. “I guess and I hope I am correct, President Obasanjo has seen it that maybe he has other information. And in any case when you are faced with a situation you have to choose one of two evils.
“I am aware that President Obasanjo said that he doesn’t think that Buhari will make a good president but at the last minute something happened, maybe he got better information he then changed his mind and if he has changed his mind on that occasion, I think he can also change his mind.”
Projecting the potentials of the Atiku candidacy, he said that a formidable candidate like the former vice-president was needed to divide the 12 million votes that had historically been won by President Buhari.
He said: “Apart from this, politics and of course you will also know that he is speaking the language of the Southwest which is restructuring; that is what the Southwest has been clamouring for decades. Of course, he is speaking the language of the people from the Southeast and South-South which is talking about resource control. “These are things that are very important to our people. So if logical reasoning is anything to go by, I have a strong feeling that he is going to be the next president of Nigeria.”
He said: “I want to state that my purported expulsion is a matter of rule of law and illegality. As stated in Article 57 (6) of the party’s constitution which says “any decision taken against a member who has not been informed of the charges against him or her has not been given any opportunity of defending himself shall be null and void. My expulsion cannot stand. I did not commit any crime, I have never faced any disciplinary committee or informed of any wrongdoing.”