A former Ogun State Governor, Gbenga Daniel, has been suspended by his party, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, over alleged anti-party activities.
Mr. Daniel’s sack emanated from his ward 12, Sagamu Local Government of Ogun East Senatorial District. Twelve other persons were sacked for the same offence.
The Chairman of Ogun East senatorial district of the party, Doyin Fakoya, announced Mr. Daniel’s suspension at the PDP Remo- North federal constituency meeting which held at Isara in Remo-North Local Government Area of the state.
He said the former governor was assuming the position of ‘God’ within the party, hence needs to be checkmated.
Mr. Fakoya said that Mr. Daniel’s suspension was carried out so as to bring back discipline into the party.
“Daniel has been suspended from PDP by his ward, ward 12 Sagamu constituency 2. As of today, I am the Senatorial Chairman of Ogun East Senatorial District. I have got a copy of letter that Otunba Gbenga Daniel has been suspended. He is no longer a member of the PDP; he has been suspended by ward 12 Sagamu constituency 2”.
Others suspended include Idowu Osho, Gbenga Sadiku, Yetunde Majolagbe, Mabawonju Shitta, Ayantola Lawal, Raufu Jinad, Oguntade Adeleke, Gbenga Buhari, Yinka Sotunde, Gbenga Sokoya, Zainab Lawal and Olu Osho.
The party also released the report of an eight-man disciplinary committee led by Gbenga Salako, dated June 3. The report contains the notification of the suspension of the ex-governor and other 12 members who were accused of not attending the party’s meeting at the ward level over a long period of time.
The report also indicted Mr. Daniel for anti-party activities including defecting to the People’s Party of Nigeria (PPN), before the 2011 general elections.
The report held that some of the suspended members refused to appear before the panel for clarifications, hence the need to invoke the party’s constitution 2012 (as amended) Article 58 (1) a,c, e, f and j to suspend them.
“Some members in different guises have defected to PPN and subsequently Labour Party. All party members who are loyalists of Otunba Gbenga Daniel defected to PPN and contested against the party in the last general elections and presently they have joined the Labour party while OGD still parades himself as a PDP member. He cannot be in PDP and Labour Party at a time,” the report stated.
Mr. Fakoya, flanked by party chairmen in Sagamu, Ikenne and Remo-North local government areas, said the disciplinary committee set up to look into the allegations leveled against Gbenga Daniel and others, found them guilty of the allegation.
“Otunba Gbenga Daniel was the one that brought the PPN to Ogun State; he is now financing Labour Party at the moment. You cannot be in two parties at the same time, you cannot be in PPN, PDP and Labour Party at the same time.
“Otunba Gbenga Daniel is like any other citizen that jumps political party, he was fortunate that he governed Ogun State for eight years, is that the reason for being in three political parties at the same time,” he added.