Gbenga Daniel Competent To Revive PDP – Udenwa
Former Governor of Imo State Chief (Dr.) Achike Undenwa has expressed his confidence in Otunba Gbenga Daniel’s capabilities to lead the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and turn around the fortunes of the party positively if elected as the National Chairman.
Chief Udenwa stated this in Owerri on Wednesday when Otunba Daniel and his campaign team visited him in continuation of his nationwide campaign tour for national chairmanship of the party.
at the start of his tour of the Southeast bringas its Chairman he “I know your capabilities and antecedents and we need somebody of your caliber to navigate the PDP. You are straightforward and have suffered from impunity and knew wahat the PDP needs now. We Hve been praying for people like you to come on board because we know you can bring those who left the party because of impunity tht was going on then.
The electoral loss of the PDP in 2015, he said, was God ordained and having learnt lessons from it, this is an opportunity for the party to put the best man forward to regain the lost glory and correct the ills of the past.
“One of the undoing of the PDP that made it lost the last general election was impunity and the Gbenga Daniel that I know will never allow impunity. The challenges we have in Imo is lesser than what he faced in Ogun State and I’m sure he will straighten issues if entrusted with the future of the party.
“We believe you are the man who can solve PDP’s challenges. No doubt, we have lost a significant number of people but when PDP is run the party the way a party should be run, those who have left will come back to the fold”.
Affirming his unflinching support for the frontline aspirant, Udenwa said: “I want to assure you that we shall receive all other aspirants but yours is very special in our heart in Imo State because you are one of us. You understand our plight and you are accessible. I pray other States give you the level of support we are giving you. We have all agreed in Imo State that at the appropriate time we shall speak with one voice and follow the right way and that way is the OGD way”.
He then wished Otunba Gbenga Daniel a very successful tour and blessed him in his aspiration.
Corroborating Chief Udenwa’s stance, former Speaker of the Imo State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Maxwell Duru, lending his support for Daniel also asserted that Chief Udenwa never takes decisions in a hurry. “He has never misdirected us and that is the why we believe him even beyond political issues. He is our mentor and navigator and has the magic wand to ensure success for Otunba Daniel in the forthcoming Convention”.
Austin Onwunaku, former Special Adviser to Otunba Daniel on Inter Ethnic Affairs and an indigene of Imo State also rallied support for Otunba Daniel among his people. In in his words, Otunba Daniel is a detribalised Nigerian. “He created an Agency to accommodate non-indigenes while in government and put on board a number of people of different tribes in his cabinet. Onwunaku also recalled how in 2009, the federation of Igbo States conferred the title of Enyi-Di-Ora-Nma 1 of Ndigbo on Otunba Daniel at an elaborate ceremony in Enugu. “This show he is a true Nigerian who believe in co-existence of all.
In his response, Otunba Gbenga Daniel thanked the former governor for the reception and his undying love for the party.
His quest for the chairmanship post, he said, was borne out of his desire to reposition the party and bring it back to its winning ways.
Present at the meeting were the former Chairman, Owerri North Local Government Council, Dame Chioma Ugwuanya and former Deputy Speaker of Imo State House of Assembly, Hon. Chuma Nnnaji among other major stakeholders of the State.