By Chibuzo Ukaibe, Abuja
A former governor of Ogun State Otumba Gbenga Daniel, Wednesday described his trial in court for alleged corruption as a persecution, adding however that it won’t be a hinderance to his PDP national chairmanship ambition.
The former governor who said this shortly after obtaining his nomination form at the PDP national secretariat in Abuja, declared that he is innocent untill proven guilty by a court of competent jurisdiction.
Daniel also frowned against the pronouncement by the Board of Trustees (BoT) in the South-west, which sidelined him and some other aspirants.
He stressed that document which disqualified him and other aspirants, was signed by only one BoT member who was merely expressing his personal opinion.
On his court pending case he said “I don’t want to talk about my trial. People call it prosecution, I call it persecution. But I think there are a few things that are instructive. This trial had been going on for the past nearly seven years. I have been to court probably 40 times. It is prosecution that is still prosecutung but they still have not finished presenting their case.
“I think that is instructive. Inasmuch as I don’t want to talk about it, the only thing I want to say is that according to the Nigerian Law and constitution, a person remains innocent until pronounced guilty or otherwise by a court of competent jurisdiction.
“I don’t want to go into the politics of our own state but I am very sure that there is really no issue about my trial. If there is issue, I will not come to say I want to be chairman. And when you look at what is going on now in our country, who is in PDP that is not bring tried? Virtually everybody who is in PDP are being tried for one thing or the other. They are being arrested on a daily basis and I think the media has a lot of work to report what is going on. As far as I am concerned, I cannot pronounce myself as innocent but I know that I am innocent.”
The former governor further noted that the idea of a consensus candidate was not a bad option, but noted that it must be done properly and with adequate consultations with all aspirants.
He said the fraction in Ogun State will not affect his chances as well, noting that he will unite the party when he emerges chairman.
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