Politicians in Ogun State appear to not be bothered with the defection of a former Governor, Gbenga Daniel from the Peoples Democratic Celebration (PDP) to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), DAILY POST experiences.
Daniel, who dominated Ogun State from 2003 to 2011, was the Common Supervisor of Atiku Abubakar presidential marketing campaign in 2019; however resigned instantly after the election.
Since Daniel left workplace in 2011, he has not made any important impression within the Ogun State political area. Months after the 2011 election, he defected to the Labour Celebration because of the in-fighting that had torn the PDP aside, permitting the defunct Motion Congress of Nigeria (ACN) to take over by means of Ibikunle Amosun.
Daniel’s disagreement with former President, Obasanjo and Buruji Kashamu was the start of what observers tagged his ‘political recess’ since he left workplace.
This was as a result of the social gathering was completely ‘hijacked’ from him and this led to the PDP splitting into completely different teams. By the point he returned to the PDP from the Labour Celebration in 2014, Late Buruji Kashamu was already in cost.
Of their determined strikes to clinch the ticket of the PDP for the 2015 normal elections, some loyalists of Daniel, together with Gboyega Nasir Isiaka (GNI), pledged loyalty to Kashamu and dropped their assist for Daniel.
After that election, the principle PDP in Ogun had been divided amongst completely different leaders. Whereas Daniel nonetheless have a few of his die-hard followers with him, the likes of Kashamu and Hon. Ladi Adebutu had been holding sway as factional leaders, as Gboyega Isiaka moved into a distinct social gathering together with his personal followers.
After the demise of Kashamu, it was rumoured that the late Ogun East Senator had given Daniel the go-ahead to take over the political construction he left behind.
Some leaders within the Kashamu camp additionally made efforts to lure Daniel into making him their chief. However, it seems the Sagamu-born politician didn’t see knowledge in having a fraction of his followers within the APC, whereas he grew to become a factional chief of the PDP.
DAILY POST remembers that Daniel’s Deputy Governor between 2003 and 2011, Alhaja Salmot Badru, had in January 2020 led a gaggle of Daniel loyalists from the PDP into the APC.
Subsequently, when Daniel introduced his defection to the APC on Tuesday, politicians in Ogun State weren’t caught unawares.
“Daniel is not only defecting. He decamped to the APC in 2019. He’s solely asserting it now. He has been in APC since two years in the past,” an analyst, Adegoke Samuel, mentioned on Wednesday.
Within the construct as much as the 2019 normal elections, many politicians, together with Daniel got here collectively to hitch forces with the incumbent Governor, Dapo Abiodun. The plan was to ensure former Governor, Ibikunle Amosun didn’t have Adekunle Akinlade as his successor.
Our correspondent reliably gathered that each Kashamu and Daniel’s supporters pitched tents with Abiodun to turn into the Ogun helmsman.
In an interview on a radio in Abeokuta after the election, Kashamu, who was the governorship candidate of the PDP in 2019, mentioned he joined the race, not as a result of he wished to be governor of the Gateway State, however to cease Ladi Adebutu from changing into the candidate of the social gathering.
In the identical vein, Daniel, whereas talking with a web based TV, mentioned he supported Abiodun of the APC as a result of Amosun “tormented” him for eight years, saying Akinlade would have continued from the place Amosun stopped if he grew to become the governor.
Nevertheless, the results of the 2019 governorship election didn’t present landslide victory for Abiodun.
An APC chief mentioned: “It’s good that Daniel is becoming a member of the APC. However that’s not one thing to jubilate over. When he supported the APC in 2019, we noticed the result. The margin of win between Abiodun and Akinlade was less than 20,000. So we already know what he has to supply.”
The APC chief, who didn’t need to be talked about, mentioned “Abiodun is gathering individuals round himself in order to safe a second time ticket. He’s planning on find out how to make Ogun a one-party state, however that’s not possible. Gov Abiodun believes the one individual giving him ‘headache’ within the APC is Amosun. So, he feels having the likes of Daniel, Isiaka and others round him will give him victory over Amosun. However, he isn’t conscious of the truth that there might be an implosion in a celebration that now has former Governors Osoba, Daniel and Amosun as leaders.”
Reacting to Daniel’s defection, the PDP in Ogun State described it as“a breath of recent air”, saying it’s “good riddance to unhealthy garbage.”
To the PDP, Daniel’s defection was seen as a aid; the social gathering mentioned it might not miss the ex-govenor in any means.
Akinloye Bankole, the Ogun PDP Publicity Secretary, advised DAILY POST that, “For us as a celebration, we really feel enthusiastic about his motion from the social gathering. For now, we’ll know who and who belongs to a specific social gathering. His defection is an enormous aid and we aren’t in any means dissatisfied, it’s what we have now all the time identified. We want him nicely.”
Additionally, the state PDP Chairman, Sikirulahi Ogundele, rejoiced over the defection of Daniel to the APC, saying, “the hour of deliverance has come and we shout Eureka. Now we have dared them for 2 years and nothing occurred, nothing will nonetheless occur.”
Ogundele mentioned God of heaven and earth answered the prayer of the PDP on Tuesday with the defection of Daniel to the ruling social gathering, stressing that, “we pity the closely fractured APC”.
The PDP Chairman sought to know if Daniel was defecting to the Osoba faction, the Amosun faction or “the one being nursed by Abiodun.”
DAILY POST noticed that Amosun and Osoba had been absent when Abiodun led different 5 APC governors to obtain Daniel into the APC at his Sagamu residence on Tuesday.
In all of those, the Spokesman of the Atiku Abubakar Presidential Marketing campaign Organisation, Segun Showunmi, has this to say:
“We should not succumb to the error of the mob. There may be completely nothing honourable in individuals needing a one social gathering state in Ogun. I’ve requested myself a million instances in a single day, what if Bola Tinubu was like them and he jumped ship in 2003 as he was the one ACN Governor left within the South West?
“What if with all we will see him and his group going by means of, Oshiomhole shedding management, how come he has not tried to destroy the APC, however all we suspect is occurring?
“How come Obafemi Awolowo didn’t do what they’re doing with a lot pleasure and happiness? I don’t by any means imply PDP is ideal, however I actually know that they’re mistaken as soon as once more and for the sixth time, for his or her motive are by no means for the curiosity of a greater society.
“I pity those that are rejoicing on the addition that is mostly a catalyst to assist the implosion of their contraption,” Segun Showunmi mentioned.
In Ogun State at the moment, the Gov Abiodun camp is jubilating over the arrival of Daniel into the APC; the Osoba’s loyalists look like detached about this growth, whereas Amosun’s supporters say “nothing has modified.”