- Asks Speaker to declare party members seat vacant
BY DAUD OLATUNJI
ABEOKUTA—Members of the Executive of the Labour Party, LP, in Ogun State have petitioned the state Commissioner of Police and Directorate of State Services, DSS, urging them to stop the former governor of the state, Otunba Gbenga Daniel from opening a parallel party secretariat.
The party executive also urged the Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Suraj Adekunbi to declare the seats of four members vacant for allegedly failing the people of their constituencies.
The affected lawmakers are Remmy Hassan from Odogbolu, John Obafemi from Remo North, Adeleme Salmon from Imeko-Afon and Samson Onademuren from Ijebu North-East.
The petition, signed by the party secretary, Sunday Ogini was dated January 20, 2014.
But, in a swift reaction, Daniel who spoke through a factional Secretary of the party, Micheal Adegbola described the allegation as watery and mere blasphemy, saying, the step taken by the national body which suspended the state chairman, Olabode Simeon was in order.
In its petition, the party said that, Otunba Gbenga Daniel has been having nocturnal meetings with Rivers State governor, Rotimi Amaechi and the national leader of APC, Senator Bola Tinubu with a mandate to destabilise Labour Party from its programme of support for Jonathan.
Party leaders to CP, DSS
In their prayers, the executive of the party in the state requested the Police and DSS; “To prevent, stop and put on hold any attempt by Otunba Gbenga Daniel, Dr. Joseph Akinlaja or any of their agents, representatives and associates from opening any parallel office bearing the name and logo of Ogun State Labour Party in any part of the state.
“To investigate the motives, actions and inactions of Otunba Gbenga Daniel’s meetings as related to Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State and Senator Bola Tinubu to cause anarchy and civil disturbances among the political parties in Ogun State.
“To provide adequate security for the state secretariat at Adatanin, Abeokuta and our party offices in the 20 local government areas against attack by Otunba Gbenga Daniel or any of his agents and associates.”
Defending Daniel, Adegbola, however, said: “It is amusing that Ogini is an interloper, who does not have any mandate to issue or speak on behalf of Labour Party in Ogun State.
“All allegations leveled against our cherished leader Otunba Gbenga Daniel are watery, mere blasphemy and very cheap orchestrated campaign.
“The national body of the party has spoken in a letter addressed to the Director of DSS of an acting chairman, Mr. John Olaleye.
“The letter has been dispatched accordingly. It is, however, important to stress that Ogini is not known to Labour Party as it is now very glaring that Ogini and his co-travelers are acting the script of some people to create and cause crisis in the Labour Party in Ogun State.
“We assure all our teeming supporters not to be swayed or distracted by the shenanigans of Ogini and others who are paid agents of destabilisation.”