A former Governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, has said despite his decision to quit the Peoples Democratic Party and active politics, he has not abandoned the presidential candidate of the party for the February 23, 2019 election, Atiku Abubakar.
Daniel, who served as the Director General of the Atiku Presidential Campaign Organisation, has come under fierce criticism for his decision to quit active politics, with some insinuating he was heading towards joining President Muhammadu Buhari in the All Progressives Congress.
But in a statement on Tuesday, Daniel said: “I have not, will not and will never abandon Atiku
“Atiku is different from PDP. I have resigned from PDP and lost interest in partisan politics having put in about 20 years of my life in a thankless process.
“I will commit my God-given resources to help the less privileged through my Foundation and will contribute to sharing the body of knowledge through our not-for-profit political academy. That will be a thankful process.
“I will continue to support the political process in a non-partisan manner. I am clear with my position, without any ambiguity.
“There is no need to insinuate, speculate, extrapolate, anticipate or draw conclusions on my behalf. I did not expect such a simple personal decision can generate such national discourse and for that, I remain grateful to God. I am however most grateful to all my friends and well-wishers.”