Former Governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel has disclosed that ” I am under pressure to join the presidential race ahead of 2023 poll.””
Daniel who made this known during an exclusive interview with the editorial board of Penpushing media.
He , explained that, the agitation was coming from his supporters “telling me I am more qualified to contest the presidency.”
‘What my people are saying is that am even more than senatorial seat. my profile, is better than those who want to be President today’, he stated.
‘So, if X, Y, Z, some of them who have even become governor after you and do a ranking order, you can say you are their senior in politics. So, why are you, their Oga, not saying you want to be President?’, Daniel said
He, however, explained that the country presidency “is not for the swiftest, and going down the memory lane, which is on record that, it is not those who work hard politically that have been ruling Nigeria”
‘But I decided that Nigerian Presidency, and things like that, is not for the swiftest, it is not for the fastest. For now I am contended with my own little way, serve my own senatorial district, add value and so and so on. And that is where we are today’, he added.
‘I’m saying that from contemporary experience, it is not that it seems that it is something positive because it means that people who worked so hard historically have not attained it’, Daniel said.
‘And if you start from the First Republic, where you have flamboyant politicians like Maitama Sule saying they wanted to be President, the great Zik of Africa could not get it, the great Awo did not get it, one way or the other’.
‘The same thing repeated itself in the Second Republic when it was Shagari, who wanted to go to Senate. Maybe now that I want to go to Senate, maybe I will follow Shagari. It was Shagari who said I wanted to go to Senate. Against the hardest working politicians at that time and all those people, it’ was Shagari who emerged, and that’s the Second Republic’.
‘And now military interregnum, and then it’s Baba (former President Olusegun Obasanjo) who, I think, said the people first came to him when he came out of prison, he said they were crazy’.
‘The one who emerged after Baba was my colleague in the executive. Yar Adua, who just wanted to go back to Katsina and then he didn’t want it, he was the one who emerged, and the one who said he had no shoes (ex-President Goodluck Jonathan) emerged and so on