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Labour Party Crisis: National Secretary says Daniel not Ogun leader

Former Ogun State Governor, Gbenga Daniel

The party asked the former governor to go and register as a member of the party in his ward.

The National Secretary of the Labour Party, Ikpe Etokudo, said on Wednesday that the party has not handed its Ogun structure to a former governor of Ogun State, Gbenga Daniel.

He also asked Mr. Daniel to go to his ward to register if he wants to be a member of the party.

The Labour Party, LP, had announced last year that it had handed over its structure to Mr. Daniel, who defected from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

The decision to handover the structure to the governor, who ruled the state between 2003 and 20011, threw the chapter into crisis as he and the state LP chairman, Olabode Simeon, battled for the soul of the party.

However, Mr. Etokudo, said on Wednesday at a meeting of the party in Abeokuta that it did not give the state structure to Mr. Daniel.

He stated that when the leadership of the party asked people to join the party, it did not instruct them to dissolve its executive committee in the state.

“We asked people to join our party, anybody can join the party, but what we don’t agree is that somebody joined the party and dissolved the executive without the due process,” Mr. Etokudo said.

“If you want to join the party, go to your wards and collect the party registration card. We have not handed over the party structure in the state to anybody’ the national scribe added.

“All the proposed congresses are illegal. The court said the status quo should remain and what it means is that, the executive continues with their activities.

“As far as the party is concerned, the status quo should remain and if Daniel wants to be a party member he should go to his ward and register, we have not handed the party to anybody.”

The party’s National Legal Adviser, Isaac Fashakin, had in January resigned his position, citing the party’s inability to follow due process in dissolving the Ogun state executive to accommodate new members as the reason for his action.

Mr. Fashakin berated the party for dissolving state executives in Ogun and Ekiti states to pave way for Ekiti Bibi Ire Coalition, of Opeyemi Bamidele and Mr. Daniel to control the machinery of the party in their respective states.

He specifically complained that Mr. Daniel hijacked the party at the detriment of its old members in Ogun State.

“There are rules a new entrant must follow before he can be accepted,” Mr. Fashakin said at the time.

“He must declare at the ward and local government levels, but nothing of such happened in the case of Bamidele and Gbenga Daniel and the party ignored my advice which I cannot overlook.”

However, the National Chairman of the LP, Dan Nwanyanwu, who supported the dissolution of the affected state executives, had dismissed Mr. Fashakin, saying the party had no regrets losing him.

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