The Labour Party (LP) has expelled the immediate past governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, from the party for causing confusion within its fold.
The party announced the expulsion of OGD, as he is fondly called in a statement jointly signed by its Ogun State Chairman, Simeon Olabode, and Secretary, Sunday Oginni.
Mr. Daniel, who was governor of Ogun State from 2003-2011 under the banner of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), left the ruling party for the Peoples Party of Nigeria, PPN, just before the 2011 general elections.
After the elections in 2011 following a failed bid to install a successor – Gboyega Isiaka of the PPN, Mr. Daniel encouraged his supporters to join the Labour Party preparatory to his eventual defection. The move however, led to his suspension in June this year by Ogun PDP which cited his membership of PPN and LP at the same time as unacceptable and anti-party activity.
In expelling the ex-governor from its fold, the Labour Party chieftains said, “Our position was not a fight against those who choose to join our progressive mind set, but against tyranny called Otunba Gbenga Daniel (OGD).
“OGD as an institution he claimed to be has lost all traits of democratic ethos and pursues personal agenda rather than our collective aspiration.
“He is known to destroy political foundations of individual and groups as evidence of his destruction and destabilization of PDP in 2011. Whatever he was today was made by PDP who gave him the lifeline in 2003 to become governor, but he later bite all fingers that feed him including former President Olusegun Obasanjo”.
The LP chieftains added that they “put him (Gbenga Daniel) on probation of one year from December 2012 to December 2013.
“But because of the trait of the mischief and callousness he had demonstrated so far and at certain times during his probation period,we told him to formerly resign his membership of PDP despite his suspension by the ward executive of ogd ward in Sagamu.
“We also told him to resign his membership of PPN because he has shown us the INEC certificate issues to PPN for registration; he has also at different times shown us the registered certificate of SDP as political party.
“One then wondered what manner of a man is Danielgate, who wants to belong to four different political parties at the same time”.
The party also described the former governor’s influence in Ogun politics as exaggerated; saying he lost his polling unit, ward, local government, federal constituency, senatorial and the state, during the 2011 elections.
“We now wonder what magic he wants to display to win any election in our dear state, Ogun State,” it said.
The party said it would become, without Mr. Daniel, who is also standing trial for alleged fraud, an enabling platform to advance all cause of the people of the state to good governance and economic advancement and development.
“In our collective appraisal of the political situation of our dear state, Otunba Gbenga Daniel is no more intending member of our great party,and he is hereby discarded away from our party, and we hope these explanation has diffused all dissenting speculation that were intended to cause disaffection among willing and committed member of Ogun Labour Party.
“We urge the people of Ogun State to be aware of this important information as Otunba Gbenga Daniel is no more a member of our party from today 13-12-2013. The Nigeria Police and all other security agencies are also to take note. OGD has now become a past tense in Ogun Labour Party,” the party leaders said.