A former Governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, on Sunday, appealed to political leaders and traditional rulers in the South West geopolitical zone of the country to consult, consider and streamline the number of presidential aspirants from the region ahead of 2023 general elections.
Former Governor Daniel made the call in an interview with journalists at the Abraham Tabernacle Baptist International Worship Centre, in Sagamu, Ogun State, on the sidelines of the 17th annual thanksgiving and 10th remembrance service for his late father, Pa Adebola Daniel.
According to the former governor, the call became imperative because “South West is being strongly considered for the 2023 Presidency.”
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According to Otunba Daniel, “The western states or what you can call the South-West is being strongly considered to take over the mantle of leadership for the President.
“As usual you know how it goes, there are many of our people who are qualified, strong, willing and able. But if we really want to retain that opportunity, it is incumbent on all our leaders and elders to come together and streamline.
“If they come together, consider one or two people, the chances are that Nigerians would respond and respect that wish.
“That is why I am appealing to all our Obas and leaders not to rest on their oars. Power is never served a la carte. They, therefore, have duties and responsibilities to come together and say we can present a candidate.”
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When asked if his proposition was realistic considering the different political divides in the region, he continued, “The way it works, power belongs to God, but it is also not served a la carte. It is for people who aspire to get and there is nothing wrong in people aspiring.
“But there is everything wrong in everybody now struggling in such a way that at the end of the day nothing is achieved.”