2023: Ex-governor Daniel urges South-West leaders to streamline presidential aspirants

Former governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, has urged leaders and traditional rulers in the South-West geo-political zone to consult, consider and streamline those eyeing the coveted seat of the nation’s president in the region, ahead of the 2023 general elections.

Daniel said this in an interview with newsmen shortly after the 17th Annual Thanksgiving and 10th Year Remembrance Service of his father, Most Reverend Abraham Adebola Daniel, held on Sunday, at Abraham’s Tabernacle, (Baptist International Worship Centre), Sagamu, Ogun State, on Sunday.

The former governor’s position was supported by a three-time governorship candidate in the state, Prince Gboyega Nasir Isiaka and a member of the House of Representatives, Hon Abdulmajeed Adekoya

Daniel noted that his view became imperative in view of the clamour that the South-West zone be allowed to produce the next president after the expiration of President Muhammadu Buhari’s two-term of eight years in office.

He said: “You know that we have entered the election season and there are loads and loads of speculation that the Western state or what we can call the South West, is being strongly considered to take over the mantle of leadership from the President.

“And as usual, you know how it goes that there are many of our people who are qualified, who are strong, who are willing, who are able. But if we really want to retain that opportunity, it is incumbent upon all our elders and leaders to come together and streamline. If they come together and say okay, it’s either one or two people, there are chances that Nigerians may respect that wish.

“That’s why I was appealing to all our Obas and leaders not to rest on their oars. Power is never served a la carte. We, therefore, have the duty and the responsibility to come together so that we can present a common front.”

The duo of Isiaka and Adekoya posited that the South West region has array of competent and capable politicians that could administer the country well.

The called on leaders to work together in the overall interest of the region by presenting a formidable and credible candidate.

Adekoya said “I subscribe totally to that same call that a Yoruba man should ascend that very throne (president) because we have serious economy challenge. We have security challenges but I am persuaded that if we solve the economic challenge, the security challenge will automatically fix itself.

“People are hungry. People are dying of hunger.”

In his exhortation during the service, Archbishop David Faburoso described Pa Daniel as a ” man of vision, tireless and relentless worker in the vineyard of God.”

Dignitaries at the service include former military administrators in the state, Colonel Daniel Akintonde and Navy Captain Kayode Olofinmoyin (retd); Acting National leader, Afenifere, Pa Ayo Adebanjo; Senator Musiliu Obanikoro; Dr Sunny Kuku; representatives of Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi; traditional rulers from across Ogun State.

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