In all the years I have devoted to reading, one of the wisest sayings I have come across is “family stick together, rats jump ship.” The developing conduct of Otunba Gbenga Daniel, after the presidential election, is far from being categorised as that of family.
Daniel, who was the governor of Ogun State from 2003 to 2011, was the Campaign Director General of the presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar for the 2019 election.
It came as a surprise to many when less than two weeks after the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared his principal’s main opponent in the election, President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC) winner of the elecrion, that Daniel began to align himself with APC.
Daniel started by endorsing the APC governorship candidate of his state, Dapo Abiodun, who went ahead to win his election.
Then, news broke on Saturday, 16 March that the former Ogun State governor had decided to resign from his party, the PDP and further retire from active and partisan politics.
But barely twenty-four hours later, another news surfaced that the former campaign DG to Atiku has decided to lead his followers to join the APC.
Speaking with newsmen shortly after holding a stakeholders meeting with his followers,, Daniel said, “Basically, they said I could resign from PDP.
“They said I must lead them to APC and they also said I could not retire from politics. That is the summary of what I heard.”
When asked what his next line of action was, the ex-governor said, “Now, we have to take a look at it.”
When asked if he was ready to go to APC, Daniel said, “What else can I say? My people have spoken.”
Daniel’s decision, which has categorised him as a rat that jumps ship, has earned him lots of criticism from many Nigerians.
Remember that his former principal, Atiku is still contesting the outcome of the presidential election in court.
As much as everyone is entitled to associate with any party he wishes to, one would have thought, morally, Daniel would wait and allowed his boss to see through the court process before jumping ship.
Daniel’s hasty defection is a sad reminder that Nigeria politicians are never driven by ideology, but personal interest.
Daniel’s dishonored act is, however, not being welcomed without reprimand as many Nigerians have taken to social media to troll him.
Some of the anger vented on Daniel on social media read:
– I cannot lie. This Gbenga Daniel thing is paining my chest!
This man was the engine room of the Atiku campaign. It is obvious he was snitching on the campaign while he headed the team. How do you do that? How do you put up a straight face while stabbing a friend?
– Dear @atiku, there were many Gbenga Daniel in your camp.
– Was Gbenga Daniel a mole in @atiku campaign organization ? If so how many moles were in the pack ?
– If indeed Gbenga Daniel betrayed Atiku and PDP as a campaign DG, then his treachery knows no bound and God will surely reward him in equal measure in whatever endeavour he pursues in life, either now or later.
– I just have issues with people bearing Gbenga or Daniel not to now talk of Gbenga Daniel together.
– Atiku made the same mistake Jonathan did. Gbenga Daniel did to him what Muazu did to Jonathan, enemy from inside. No support groups were encouraged. Wish them doom at their new political leanings.
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