By Taiwo Nodiru
The former Executive Governor of Ogun State, ( 2003 – 2011) Otunba Gbenga Daniel (OGD) will forever remain a blessing to the All Progressives Congress (APC) as a Party in Ogun State in particular and to the good people of the state in general.
Prior to the 2019 general elections, the chances of the APC maintaining her position as the ruling Party in Ogun State was threatened by the immediate past Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun ( SIA) who then openly declared his supports for the governorship candidate of the Alliied Peoples Movement ( APM), Hon. Adekunle Akinlade of Ogun West.
SIA worked vigorously for the APM governorship candidate as against the governorship candidate of the APC, Prince Dapo Abiodun who is now the incumbent Executive Governor of Ogun State.
The coming on board of Otunba Gbenga Daniel (OGD) then saved the situation as he directed all his loyalists across Ogun State to work, vote and ensure that APC , Prince Dapo Abiodun won the 2019 governorship election.
Prince Dapo Abiodun won the 2019 Ogun State gubernatorial election with a margin less than 20, 000 votes. Thank God that OGD played that marvelous role because the combination of Senator Ibikunle Amosun (SIA) and Hon. Ladi Adebutu of PDP was then strong enough to turn the table against the APC in Ogun State.
As we have today in Ogun State APC family, four Governors are involved – Governors Osoba, Daniel, Amosun and Abiodun ( the incumbent).
Why Amosun is seeking APC Presidential ticket, Daniel is seeking Ogun East Senatorial ticket, Abiodun is also seeking his second term governorship ticket and Osoba son ( Olumide) is already a member of the National Assembly ( Green Chamber).
Definitely, the APC National Working Committee will know how to balance things to ensure that non of the four Governors loses out for the Party to remain intact and strong as a one big family.
In Ogun East Senatorial District, Otunba Gbenga Daniel ( OGD) apart from being the most popular and credible candidate, OGD is also the most preferable candidate to represent Ogun East in the Red Chamber of the National Assembly come 2023. OGD is always the people’s choice any day and time.
The tremendous contributions of Otunba Gbenga Daniel ( OGD) to the growth and development of Ogun East in particular and Ogun State in general always put him on top of any other aspirants / candidates at any giving time.
The present Ogun State Secretariat at Oke Mosan Abeokuta, Tai Solarin University of Education, Ijagun, ICT Polytechnic Itori / Sapade / Ijebu Igbo, International Stadium Ijebu Ode / Sagamu / Ilaro, Ogere Trailer park, Petrol – Chemical Institute at Ogun Waterside, TRACE / unprecedented massive employment generation to mention but a few were some of the OGD indelible and remarkable achievements as a successful Governor of Ogun State.
It wasn’t a mistake that the two Paramount Rulers in Ogun East, the Great AWUJALE of Ijebu Land and the AKARIGBO of Remo Land honoured OGD with the highest traditional tittles of the Otunba OBALOFIN of Ijebu Land and the AROLE of Remo Land.
The good people of Ogun East believe in the capacity, experience and political sagacity of Otunba Gbenga Daniel (OGD) to represent us in the National Assembly as a Senator and turn things positively around in favour of the existing nine (9) local government areas of Ogun East.
Otunba Gbenga Daniel (OGD) is a blessing to our generation and with him in the Red Chamber of the National Assembly, many Federal institutions / oppotunities will surely flow the ways of Ogun East and our situations will never remain the same.
It’s our prayers in Ogun East Senatorial District that Prince Dapo Abiodun (PDA) will win his second term governorship ticket / election while Otunba Gbenga Daniel (OGD) will also win his senatorial ticket / election for our common progress to continue.
…. Prince Nodiru, Ago-Iwoye, Ijebu North Local Government, Ogun State.