ABEOKUTA—INDICATION emerged weekend that the two factions of the Labour Party, LP, in Ogun State had resolved their crisis ahead of the 2015 general elections in the state.
The hint was given when a factional chairman of the party in the state, Olabode Simeon, said the leader, former Governor Gbenga Daniel remained the party leader in the state.
At a briefing in Abeokuta, Simon said his faction had resolved its differences with Daniel’s faction and denied faulting Daniel for speaking on behalf of the leadership of the party over the alliance with the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to work for President Goodluck Jonathan.
He also denied having a running control of the party structures, and said the party had accepted the former governor as the leader of LP in the state.
Simeon said, “At no occasion did I make any statement that Otunba Gbenga Daniel cannot speak on behalf of Ogun State Labour Party. At no time had I made such divisible statement that Otunba Gbenga Daniel cannot midwife or arrange an alliance between LP and PDP, Ogun State. There was no statement ever made by me or any member of my exco that it is only Dr Olusegun Mimiko that can take action on issue of alliance between LP and PDP Ogun State. I did not make any statement that Otunba Gbenga Daniel did not inform the National Leader before making the said statement.”
Insisting that he remained the first officer with locus standi to speak on behalf of the state LP, he restated his commitment to the party’s victory in the 2015 elections, saying “Labour Party is supporting Jonathan for re-election; there is no doubt about that. There is no faction in Ogun State Labour Party. We have agreed, we have harmonised and we are moving forward. Otunba Gbenga Daniel is our leader, he is a progressive leader,.”
In a separate interview, the faction loyal to Daniel confirmed that reconciliation was ongoing in the party, adding that members were unanimous in their support for Jonathan’s re-election bid.
The factional chairman, Niyi Osoba said, “We are working for President Goodluck Jonathan’s re-election because we believe in him as best suitable person to be in that office. His numerous programmes in terms of agriculture, road construction and others have availed him of our support.
“Notwithstanding the security challenges of the country which we know are man-made and politically-motivated, we believe that it’s a facet in life which will soon fade away and so we are giving him all our support to be re-elected.
“We have internal mechanism with which to reconcile our differences. I can confirm to you that the process is on and very soon, we shall inform the world.”
It’s a family affair which we are handling and we will let the world know its outcome, which will be favourable.”