Former Ogun state Governor, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, remains the leader of Labour Party in the state, as his influence and goodwill within the people based on his intimidating political machine has propelled the party to a great heights.
This is contained in a statement made available to DailyPost, Thursday night, and signed by Comrade John Laleye,Acting State Chairman, Ogun state Labour Party.
According to him, as a former governor, Daniel is an automatic leader in the party he belongs.
Laleye observed that presently, Ogun LP is soaring as a full fledged political party with visible structures in the 20 Local governments and 236 wards.
The statement titled, ‘Ogun LP: Facts of the matter’, was in reaction to report in some news media on Wednesday, 13th of March, 2014 about the party.
The Acting Chairman further stated categorically that, “the Simeon Bode led exco came into power on 10th of November, 2010 through a congress and eligible to hold office for a period of three years as ‘recommended by the party’s constitution and article 15, which dwells on Tenure of Office. Going by this, the tenure comes to an end in 2013. It is however illogical to have the tenure extended or elongated through mere arguments or commercialised news reports.
“The indecorous and flagrant disobedience to the party directives led to the suspension of the Bode Simeon. In order not to create a vacuum in the party leadership led to my appointment as the Acting Chairman of the Party in Ogun State pending the party congresses at wards, local governments and state levels where new officers would emerge.
“The National Working Committee has neither dissolved nor changed the exco from its nature since 2010. Ironically, Sunday Oginni who joined our party some months ago as a personal assistant to the suspended chairman is never part of our exco as constituted in 2010 all documents with INEC and correspondences to national secretariat will support this assertion. Sunday Onigbinde Arabambi, is also not part of the exco. The national body, despite their misconduct and vituperations was reluctant to sanction them until they went hay wire which eventually led to their outright suspension from the party.
He said upon my appointment as the AG. Chairman of the party, he had met with the leadership of various security agencies in the state,; namely; the Police, SSS, INEC and others to intimate them of the interim restructuring in the party.
On the issue about the leadership of H.E, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, Laleye explained that: “I was part of the delegation that went to lobby and persuade the former governor to join and lead our party. A follow up to that was visit of the entire national leadership of our party led by our national Chairman Barr. Comrade Dan Nwuayawu to the Maryland residence of the former governor. The suspended chairman has severally referred to H.E, OGD as the leader of party, how come he is now refutting that? For avoidance of doubt,it must be made abundantly clear that the leadership of H.E, OGD is not in contention, the national body has so proclaimed.
“Without prejudice to a legal action instituted by the suspended members at the Federal High Court, Ikoyi in Lagos, seeking to restrain former governor Otunba Gbenga Daniel and some other chieftains of the Labour Party in Ogun State from conducting party registration, the presiding judge, Hon. Justice Chuwujekwu J. Aneke, at the hearing that came up on Monday, 10th of March, 2014 denied ever granting any order restraining the conduct of party registration but rather that the status quo should be maintained.
“The status quo as at the time of the said hearing is that the trio of. Bode Simeon, Sunday Oginni and Sunday Onigbinde remain suspended and that I have been appointed as the Acting Chairman of the Labour Party in Ogun State pending the State congresses of the party which will come up before the end of this month as constituted by the national body of the Labour Party.”
The chieftain added that it was now crystal clear that dissidents and paid agents, who are under suspension and whose tendencies were antithetical to the progress of LP are being sponsored by known opposition in the state to cause chaos and confusion in the party.
He urged party supporters to disregard the antics and desperate moves by the suspended members to create confusion, daring that LP’s mission to edge out the present government in Ogun state is resolute.