Otunba Gbenga Daniel, the former Governor of Ogun State, has disclosed why he pulled out of the Senatorial race last year.
Daniel, at a social media forum known as PenPushing Platform, revealed that he opted out of the race because the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, offered him the ticket with a price tag.
The former governor stated that he considered the price tag the PDP placed on the senatorial ticket as immoral, adding that he bcame discouraged when the party told him that the slot will go to the highest bidder.
Daniel said, “I was offered the ticket at a price but I rejected it because I could not come to terms morally and in good conscience with purchasing a ticket to contest election to serve.
“Some people even tried to pay the price but I stopped them. Insiders are fully aware of these details. Just setting records straight with respects.”
Alleging that a “presidential delegation of PDP, led by Tony Anenih” came to his house in Sagamu to offer him the ticket, Daniel said, “I voluntarily declined, as I was engaged to coordinate President Jonathan’s campaign in the SouthWest for PDP, while supporting most of our cheated candidates who went to PPN at that time.”
There were insinuations in the build up to the 2015 general elections, that Daniel, who was the then state governor was interested in picking the senatorial ticket for the Ogun East senatorial district on the platform of PDP.
However, an alleged financier of the party, Buruji Kashamu, also registered interest for the seat and he eventually won the election on the platform of the PDP.
But Kashamu’s victory was challenged by the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Dapo Abiodun, in the election, who filed a petition before the state’s National Assembly Election Petitions Tribunal.
Following Dapo’s claim that Kashamu and his party manipulated the election, the Tribunal had sacked him, Kashamu.
In a related development, an Appeal Court in Ibadan, Oyo State on December 7, 2015 overturned the tribunal’s ruling, saying Kashamu was validly elected to represent his constituency at the National Assembly.