A former National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, has thrown his weight behind the candidature of Otunba Gbenga Daniel as the next National Chairman of the party.
Known for his blunt posture on issues affecting the party, Tukur stated that Daniel possesses the qualities of the kind of leadership the party requires at this material time, when it needed to be positioned to take its pride of place in the country.
Tukur, who spoke when Daniel visited him in his house in Abuja, said: “The fact is that if the chairman is to come from South West, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, in my best judgement, is head above all the rest if PDP is determined to win the 2019 elections.
“He is best qualified for the following very strategic reasons:
“He has a measure of gravitas, less encumbrances, financial independence and so would be less likely to fall prey to manipulation from clandestine covert financial influences.
“He is electorally competent with deep knowledge and experience of electoral battles.
“He is best able to leverage on the architecture of Yoruba politics with access to the disparate tendencies and forces – Afenifere, Oodua People’s Congress and other leaders of opinion.”
Tukur said Daniel also possesses the advantage of being an Ijebu man, one of the strongest political groups within the political pantheon.
He added that the consummate politician is best able “in my opinion to command respect of broad spectrum of the PDP power centers – the powerful governors and former governors forum, elective and appointive officers.
“Right temperament, composure, calm but tough and determined, committed gentleman.”
The accomplished politician declared that if Daniel is elected and chosen as the next Chairman of the party, regarded as the largest in Africa, then it would be easy for it to take over the mantle of leadership in the country in 2019 and restore the hope of Nigerians, who he said were tired of the maladministration of the All Progressives Congress-led Federal Government.
Otunba Daniel also took time to visit a former Governor of Jigawa State, Alhaji Sule Lamido, in Abuja.
Lamido assured him of his support and that of other Northerners, who he said were willing to support a man of integrity and character like Daniel.
Lamido stressed that the party could not afford to toy with its ambition at this material time and that Daniel has proven that he has all it takes to take the party to the next level.
The former Governor also took time to visit Chief Edwin Clark, a former Minster for Information and Ijaw leader, who assured him of the support of the South South, adding that Daniel has all the requisite requirements to lead the party to victory at the polls in 2019.