Ogun State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has faulted former Governor Gbenga Daniel on his claim of being loyal to President Goodluck Jonathan.
The party spoke against the backdrop of a statement credited to Daniel that he was “irrevocably committed to the Goodluck Jonathan project and will support his aspirations wherever and whenever.
In a statement by the State Publicity Secretary, Mr. Waliu Oladipupo, the party said “by his comments Daniel seems to be giving another meaning to the saying ‘if you love me, love my dog.’ For, if he is truly committed to Mr. President, he would associate with him warts and all.”
The party wondered why Daniel was pledging his loyalty instead of reaffirming his defection to the Labour Party, LP, saying if he could leave the PDP after the party made him politically, “he has already betrayed Mr. President and the entire party”.
It urged the President not to be taken in by what it described as “Daniel’s Ziggy”, adding that “his only loyalty is to himself and Subsidy Reinvestment and Empowerment Programme, SURE-P, which he wants to continue to use to mobilize for the LP.
The party noted that the circumstances under which Daniel defected to the LP were different from that of Governor Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo State.
It said: “While Mimiko’s decision to leave the PDP for LP was by popular demand, Daniel’s adventure is driven by ego and some parochial interests. He wants to have it his own way at all times.”
“Again, since leaving the PDP for LP, Governor Mimiko has remained consistent unlike Daniel who moved from the Alliance for Democracy (AD) to PDP, from PDP to the Peoples Party of Nigeria (PPN) and now LP. If he does not get what he wants in LP, you can be sure he will leave for any other platform that catches his fancy.”
The party said the President does not need “people who are political liabilities. They have put Nigeria on the world map for the wrong reasons as shown in the United States Country Report on Human Rights Practices which reported that Daniel is being tried for allegedly embezzling N58 billion ($372 million). We further note that tongues are still wagging over the Olokola Free Trade Zone project where some persons are being paid $10 million yearly as commission.”