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Nigeria: Labour Party Expels Gbenga Daniel

The Labour Party has dismissed the immediate past Ogun State governor, Gbenga Daniel, from its fold.

The party announced the dismissal in a statement jointly signed by its Ogun State Chairman, Simeon Olabode, and Secretary, Sunday Oginni.

Mr. Daniel, elected two-term governor on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state was expelled from the Nigerian ruling party for alleged anti-party activities. He joined the Peoples Party of Nigeria, PPN, just before the 2011 general elections, before joining the Labour Party, alongside many of his supporters, after the election.

In dismissing the ex-governor, the Labour Party accused him of causing confusion in the party.

"Our position was not a fight against those who choose to join our progressive mind set,but against tyranny called Otunba Gbenga Daniel (OGD)," the party leaders said.

"OGD as an institution he claimed to be has lost all traits of democratic ethos and pursues personal agenda rather than our collective aspiration.

"He is known to destroy political foundations of individual and groups as evidence of his destruction and destabilization of PDP in 2011. Whatever he was today was made by PDP who gave him the lifeline in 2003 to become governor,but he later bite all fingers that feed him including former President Olusegun Obasanjo."

The Labour Party leaders added that they "put him (Gbenga Daniel) on probation of one year from December 2012 to December 2013.

"But because of the trait of the mischief and callousness he had demonstrated so far and at certain times during his probation period,we told him to formerly resign his membership of PDP despite his suspension by the ward executive of ogd ward in Sagamu.

"We also told him to resign his membership of PPN because he has shown us the INEC certificate issues to PPN for registration, he has also at different times shown us the registered certificate of SDP as political party.

"One then wondered what manner of a man is Danielgate, who wants to belong to four different political parties at the same time."

The Labour Party also said Mr. Daniel's influence in Ogun politics was exaggerated; saying the governor lost his polling unit, ward, local government, federal constituency, senatorial and the state, during the 2011 elections.

"We now wonder,what magic he want to display to win any election in our dear state,Ogun State," it said.

The party said it would become, without Mr. Daniel, who is also being prosecuted for alleged fraud, an enabling platform to advance all cause of the people of the state to good governance and economic advancement and development.

"In our collective appraisal of the political situation of our dear state, Otunba Gbenga Daniel is no more intending member of our great party,and he is hereby discarded away from our party, and we hope these explanation has diffused all dissenting speculation that were intended to cause disaffection among willing and committed member of Ogun Labour Party.

"We urge the people of Ogun State to be aware of this important information as Otunba Gbenga Daniel is no more a member of our party from today 13-12-2013. The Nigeria Police and all other security agencies are also to take note. OGD has now become a past tense in Ogun Labour Party," the party leaders said.

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