Otunba Gbenga Daniel, the former governor of Ogun state has revealed that contrary to reports in some quarters that he is planning a presidential bid, he has no intention of contesting for the presidency.
The Punch reports that the former governor said this ahead of his 60th birthday celebration planned for Saturday, March 26.
Daniel said he was contented in his role as an elder statesman and would remain so. He said he would continue to give advice to politicians.
“I have no presidential ambition or any political position but would remain as an elder statesman, giving advice to politicians,” he said.
He said the worst day of his life was when he was arraigned by the Economic and Financial crimes commission on charges related to corruption.
He said: “The day I will never forget in my life was the day I was arraigned in court in Abeokuta. Some students sponsored by the government that were singing abusive songs outside the court. They were calling me a thief. They said I took $3m of state funds, N1bn of local government funds but they were lies.”
It was revealed in 2007 that the then governor was involved in a N500 million import waiver scam during his tenure as Ogun State governor.
Sources said that Mr. Daniel obtained import waivers for Ogun State as part of preparations for the 15th National Sports Festival in November 2005. The governor then sold part of the waivers to Globe Motors, owned by Willie Anumudu, for N300 million. Then Governor Daniel later stated that Globe Motors had given the Ogun State government a “donation” of N300 million in cash and cars to host the games.