A faction of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Ogun State yesterday accused the former governor of the state, Otunba Gbenga Daniel of being a member of Labour Party in the state while masqurading as a PDP member.
The Bayo Dayo-led exco of the party in a statement issued yesterday by the Chairman, however, urged the national leadership of the party to be wary of the antics of the former governor.
The party which accused Daniel of ‘insincerity and a grand plot to weaken the PDP while using its resources and goodwill to float and fund other platforms,’ queried why he did not order his loyalists to return to PDP from the Peoples Party of Nigeria, PPN.
According to the party, Daniel had disclosed his membership of Labour Party and his romance with Accord Party at a meeting held on Monday, November 26, 2012 at the Lekki, Lagos home of Chief Sule Onabiyi. “OGD said he and the former Minister of Solid Minerals, Alhaji Sarafa Tunji Ishola have alternative platforms in Labour Party (LP) and Accord Party (AP).
“In fact, he said they control the Exco in Accord Party (AP) in Ogun State, ostensibly in preparations for Ishola’s governorship ambition in 2015. Those present at the meeting included Senator Jubril Martins-Kuye (JMK), Prince Buruji Kashamu, Chief Ayo Otegbola, Senator Lekan Mustapha, Hon. Dave Salako and the host – Chief Onabiyi,” the statement read in part.
But, in a swift reaction, Daniel through his media Assistant, Mr. Adegbenro Adebanjo described the allegation as “unfounded insinuations and political cheap shots by people playing political games. Otunba Gbenga Daniel remains the father figure of PDP in Ogun State and he remains an active member of the party which he nurtured into prominence in Ogun State.
“He built the PDP into a formidable political party in Ogun State and that is a fact of history. And when some persons tried to play politics of exclusion their game plan failed woefully and the fortune of the party nose-dived.
“Attempts to exclude him failed in the past and will continue to fail. He is involved in the peace building process currently going on and will continue to be involved in on-going moves to rescue the party from where people who initiated politics of exclusion led the party to."