The former governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, has denied any rift with a former Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Bode George, over the party’s national chairmanship position.
There had been reports of a rift between Daniel and George over the plum party job. The elective national convention of the PDP is tentatively billed to hold in Abuja on December 9.
A statement issued on Monday by Ayomide Giwa, media aide to Otunba Daniel dismissed reports of the alleged rift, saying they were figments of the author’s imagination.
The statement said: “While these reports have cited anonymous sources as the authority of the reported disagreement, it is important to set the record straight lest the general public and members of the PDP take them with any bit of seriousness.
“Otunba Gbenga Daniel has proven time and time again that he is a strict follower of the tenets of Yoruba culture and tradition which places premium on respect to elders.
“Chief George is not only one of the founding fathers of the PDP but an elder statesman who has made tremendous contributions to the development of the party, therefore, there is no way Otunba Daniel would have disrespected him let alone confront him openly.
“Report of confrontation with Chief Bode George in any way is only a figment of the author’s imagination and never took place.
“The focus of the stakeholders across the South West presently is rebuilding the party and reconciling members and factions alike. Achieving a united and vibrant opposition with proper repositioning to offer better alternative to the people in 2019 is the mission at hand.
“When the time comes, the post of the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party will be a collective decision of members of the party in accordance with the constitution of our great party, the PDP.
“We call on the public to kindly disregard this ‘sponsored’ report as the incidence cited does not reflect any reality in matters particular.”