14 December 2013

Nigeria: Labour Party National Chairman Declares Gbenga Daniel's Expulsion Illegal

The National Headquarters of the Labour Party on Saturday disassociated itself from the expulsion of former Ogun State Governor, Gbenga Daniel (OGD), by its Ogun State chapter.

The chairman of the party in Ogun, Simeon Olabode, and secretary, Sunday Ogini, on Friday jointly signed a statement expelling Mr. Daniel from the party. The duo has since remained incommunicado.

Reacting to the development, the National Chairman of the Labour Party, Dan Nwanyanwu, said in a statement that the suspension was illegal. He said no organ of the party has powers to expel any member except the national convention of the party.

"Labour Party disassociates itself from the press conference that allegedly expelled OGD from LP. No organ of our party has powers to expel any member except the national convention of the party," he said.

Mr. Nwanyanwu said the party had no problems with Mr. Daniel.

"The party has no issues with OGD, infact the national leadership will be meeting with OGD and party faithfuls in Ogun State tomorrow as a continuation of previous meetings held. OGD is still with the party body and soul," the statement emphasised.

The leadership of the party equally faulted the adoption of Abiodun Akinlade as its governorship candidate in 2015 saying the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, is yet to release the time table for the 2015 general election.

"Labour party is a democratic institution and has not endorsed anybody for the 2015 governorship election in any state in Nigeria," Mr. Nwanyanwu said. "Above all, INEC is yet to release the time table for the 2015 general election."

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