- Ex-President Jonathan reportedly begged Gbenga Daniel not to leave PDP
- The former president allegedly called the former governor of Ogun state, urging him to reconsider his decision
- Daniel had earlier announced on Saturday, March 17, that he was leaving PDP and quitting partisan politics
Former president Goodluck Jonathan has allegedly called the former governor of Ogun state, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, to beg him to shelve his decision to quit the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Legit.ng reports that Daniel announced his exit from the PDP and from partisan politics on Saturday, March 16, saying he wanted take on “new challenges”, which include rejuvenating his charity-based organisation, the Gateway Front Foundation (GFF), and resuscitating the “non-partisan Political Leadership Academy (POLA)”, which was “established some years ago as a platform of political education to our citizens”.
However, Sahara Reporters stated that Jonathan called the former governor of Ogun state and urged him to “reconsider and consult widely” before taking a final position.
The newspaper added that when Daniel made the decision public on Saturday, Jonathan called again to prevail on him to change his mind, allegedly saying “PDP still needs his participation in the party”.
Quoting anonymous sources, the newspaper further stated that some PDP stakeholders have been rejecting Daniel’s resignation from the party.
“Calls across the country have been coming; the major stakeholders in PDP have been telling him not to leave, but he has been insisting he has not taken a position for now,” a source reportedly close to Jonathan was quoted to have said.
“PDP stakeholders across the north, governors and former governors mainly from the North, they’ve all reached out to him.”
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Daniel hinted that he may move to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
He dropped the hint on Sunday, March 17, just about 24 hours after he resigned his membership of the the PDP.
Speaking after a meeting with his supporters at his Sagamu residence, he said his people are happy with his exit from PDP but do not want him to quit politics.
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