Photos: Daniel launches bid for PDP chairmanship

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From left: Former Minister of State for Works, Alhaji Sani Shehu; former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode; former Governor of Ogun, Otunba Gbenga Daniel; and PDP South West Caretaker Chairman, Eddy Olafeso, at the declaration

Former governor of Ogun state, Otunba Gbenga Daniel on Wednesday in Abuja formally launched his bid to become the national chairman of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party.

NAN photographers Ibrahim Bashir and Albert Otu captured the event.

Gbenga Daniel being received by his campaign co-ordinators
Daniel, left responds to the cheers of his supporters
Daniel throws his hat in the ring for PDP top job

In making the declaration, Daniel traced the electoral defeat of the PDP to indiscipline, impunity and lack of internal democracy.

He now declared his plan to change the narrative as the chairman.

According to Daniel, my ultimate goal is to work towards the victory of our party in the 2019 general elections and in all other elections in between.

He said that the target also included bringing back many of the party’s member, who had left, adding that this was not the time to start passing the buck.

He said that it was time to move on, a time to start afresh.

The former governor stressed the need for a more focused, disciplined and reinvigorated PDP, adding that realising such values transcended the desire to merely hold office.

He said that his quest to become national chairman of the party was a clarion call to provide an alternative political platform to offer distinctive leadership Nigeria so much desired.

He said that the fate of Nigeria seemed intertwined with that of PDP, adding that “Nigeria needs us, the citizens are looking up to us, and we cannot afford to fail them’’.

Daniel said that the PDP was and still remained the greatest party in Nigeria and Africa.

“I think I am most eminently qualified to correct some of the mistakes of the near and remote past having served as a Chief Executive Officer of one of the most complex states in Nigeria,’’ he said.

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