Daniel's supporters deride his suspension by PDP

The Peoples Party of Nigeria{PPN} yesterday responded to the decision of the Peoples Democratic Party{PDP} to revoke the membership of the former governor of Ogun State, Gbenga Daniel, declaring that the sack holds no water.

The PDP had, on Monday, sacked Mr Daniel after accusing him of being responsible for the party’s failure at the last poll. The party also said it would only re-admit Mr Daniel if he follows the due process, as contained in the party constitution.

Supporters of Mr Daniel in PDP had moved to the PPN to contest the general election after the hopes of their candidates to contest on the platform of the PDP were dashed. The defection to the PPN was on the orders of Mr Daniel, who as at that time, still claimed to be a member of the PDP. The two parties subsequently lost to a resurgent Action Congress of Nigeria, which swept most of the elective positions.

The PPN, in a statement made available to journalists in Abeokuta on Tuesday, said the former governor remains an asset in reconciliation talks between PDP and PPN members in the state.

Secretary of Ogun West senatorial district of PPN, Same Ogunfuyi Igbeyinadun, said Mr Daniel should not be blamed for PDP’s woes, just as the party zonal scribe maintained that the former governor remained a leader in the state’s politics.

Seeking reconciliation

The PPN also accused Bode Mustapha, chairman of PDP organising committee, of secretly working for undisclosed persons, adding that the PDP chieftain’s latest statement attested to the fact that he was not interested in the peace process.

“Our attention has been drawn to a statement credited to self-acclaimed chairman, organising committee for South West Conference, Bode Mustapha, that the immediate past governor of Ogun State, Gbenga Daniel, is no longer a member of the party.

“We wondered what led Bode Mustapha, who decamped from Alliance for Democracy (AD) to Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in 2004, to make such statement, as if he is one of the founding fathers of the party,” Mr Igbeyinadun said.

“We will like to ask Bode Mustapha his whereabouts when the Kuyes, Apampas, Otegbolas, Adegbenros and Ogunjobis are struggling to build up the party in Ogun State. Bode Mustapha is an undertaker, working for someone and definitely not interested in the peace process. He has learnt no lesson whatsoever from the last general elections. It is our belief that Gbenga Daniel is the one who can unite all. After lessons have been learnt, so far, it does not appear any lesson is learnt yet by the likes of Bode Mustapha.

“Bode Mustapha referred to Gbenga Daniel as a leader who was interested in pocketing the party. It will be recalled that it was through this process he (Mustapha) emerged as the chairman, Ogun Central Elders Forum.”

The PPN said national, zonal and state leadership of the PDP should be wary of those he described as “prostitute politicians” so that the two sides could achieve genuine reconciliation.

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