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Gbenga Daniel’s defection: Nothing has changed – Ogun politicians

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Politicians in Ogun State seem not to be bothered with the defection of a former Governor, Gbenga Daniel from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), DAILY POST reports.

Daniel, who ruled Ogun State from 2003 to 2011, was the General Manager of Atiku Abubakar presidential campaign in 2019; but resigned immediately after the election.

Since Daniel left office in 2011, he has not made any significant impact in the Ogun State political space. Months after the 2011 election, he defected to the Labour Party as a result of the in-fighting that had torn the PDP apart, allowing the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) to take over through Ibikunle Amosun.

Daniel’s disagreement with former President, Obasanjo and Buruji Kashamu was the beginning of what observers tagged his ‘political recess’ since he left office.

This was because the party was totally ‘hijacked’ from him and this led to the PDP splitting into different groups. By the time he returned to the PDP from the Labour Party in 2014, Late Buruji Kashamu was already in charge.

In their desperate moves to clinch the ticket of the PDP for the 2015 general elections, some loyalists of Daniel, including Gboyega Nasir Isiaka (GNI), pledged loyalty to Kashamu and dropped their support for Daniel.

After that election, the main PDP in Ogun were divided among different leaders. While Daniel still have some of his die-hard followers with him, the likes of Kashamu and Hon. Ladi Adebutu were holding sway as factional leaders, as Gboyega Isiaka moved into a different party with his own 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 structure he left behind.

Some leaders in the Kashamu camp also made efforts to lure Daniel into making him their leader. But, it appears the Sagamu-born politician did not see wisdom in having a fraction of his followers in the APC, while he became a factional leader of the PDP.

DAILY POST recalls that Daniel’s Deputy Governor between 2003 and 2011, Alhaja Salmot Badru, had in January 2020 led a group of Daniel loyalists from the PDP into the APC.

Therefore, when Daniel announced his defection to the APC on Tuesday, politicians in Ogun State were not caught unawares.

“Daniel is not just defecting. He decamped to the APC in 2019. He is only announcing it now. He has been in APC since two years ago,” an analyst, Adegoke Samuel, said on Wednesday.

In the build up to the 2019 general elections, many politicians, including Daniel came together to join forces with the incumbent Governor, Dapo Abiodun. The plan was to make sure former Governor, Ibikunle Amosun did not have Adekunle Akinlade as his successor.

Our correspondent reliably gathered that both Kashamu and Daniel’s supporters pitched tents with Abiodun to become 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, said he joined the race, not because he wanted to be governor of the Gateway State, but to stop Ladi Adebutu from becoming the candidate of the party.

In the same vein, Daniel, while speaking with an online TV, said he supported Abiodun of the APC because Amosun “tormented” him for eight years, saying Akinlade would have continued from where Amosun stopped if he became the governor.

However, the result of the 2019 governorship election did not show landslide victory for Abiodun.

An APC leader said: “It is good that Daniel is joining the APC. But that is not something to jubilate over. When he supported the APC in 2019, we saw the outcome. The margin of win between Abiodun and Akinlade was not up to 20,000. So we already know what he has to offer.”

The APC leader, who did not want to be mentioned, said “Abiodun is gathering people around himself so as to secure a second time ticket. He is planning on how to make Ogun a one-party state, but that is impossible. Gov Abiodun believes the only person giving him ‘headache’ in the APC is Amosun. So, he feels having the likes of Daniel, Isiaka and others around him will give him victory over Amosun. But, he is not mindful of the fact that there could be an implosion in a party 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 fresh air”, saying it is “good riddance to bad rubbish.”

To the PDP, Daniel’s defection was seen as a relief; the party said it would not miss the ex-govenor in any way.

Akinloye Bankole, the Ogun PDP Publicity Secretary, told DAILY POST that, “For us as a party, we feel excited about his movement from the party. For now, we will know who and who belongs to a particular party. His defection is a big relief and we are not in any way disappointed, it is what we have always known. We wish him well.”

Also, 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. We have dared them for two years and nothing happened, nothing will still happen.”

Ogundele said God of heaven and earth answered the prayer of the PDP on Tuesday with the defection of Daniel to the ruling party, stressing that, “we pity the heavily 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 observed that Amosun and Osoba were absent when Abiodun led other five APC governors to receive Daniel into the APC at his Sagamu residence on Tuesday.

In all of these, the Spokesman of the Atiku Abubakar Presidential Campaign Organisation, Segun Showunmi, has this to say:

“We must not succumb to the error of the mob. There is absolutely nothing honourable in people desiring a one party state in Ogun. I have asked myself one million times overnight, what if Bola Tinubu was like them and he jumped ship in 2003 as he was the only ACN Governor left in the South West?

“What if with all we can see him and his group going through, Oshiomhole losing control, how come he has not attempted to destroy the APC, notwithstanding all we suspect is going on?

“How come Obafemi Awolowo did not do what they are doing with so much joy and happiness? I do not by any means mean PDP is perfect, but I certainly know that they are wrong once again and for the 6th time, for their reason are never for the interest of a better society.

“I pity those who are rejoicing at the addition that is really a catalyst to aid the implosion of their contraption,” Segun Showunmi said.

In Ogun State today, the Gov Abiodun camp is jubilating over the arrival of Daniel into the APC; the Osoba’s loyalists appear to be indifferent about this development, while Amosun’s supporters say “nothing has changed.”

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Ogun Deputy Speaker, Kadiri arrested for ‘attacking’ constituents

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The police in Ogun State have arrested the Deputy Speaker of the Ogun State House of Assembly, Hon. Oludare Kadiri.

Kadiri was said to have been arrested on Friday over an alleged attack on some politicians in his constituency, Oru-Ijebu, Ijebu North Local Government Area of Ogun State.

The Ogun Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, confirmed Kadiri’s arrest to DAILY POST.

Oyeyemi disclosed that Kadiri was arrested following a petition against him.

He was said to have led some thugs to the house of a constituent, beating him and vandalising his house.

“He was arrested because a case was reported against him by some people in his area. He was alleged to have led some thugs to attack one Honourable at Oru-Ijebu.

“The house of the Honourable was vandalised and some things were damaged there.

“During the APC registration exercise, he was alleged to have attacked a Supervisory Councillor in Oru-Ijebu and he led some people to beat up the man in the presence of the police.

“That’s why he was invited for questioning and we are investigating him,” Oyeyemi said on Friday evening.

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Don’t touch Sunday Igboho – Nnamdi Kanu warns DSS

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Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, has condemned the alleged attempt by operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) to arrest Yoruba freedom fighter, Sunday Igboho.

Femi Fani-Kayode, a former Aviation Minister had raised the alarm that DSS operatives and policemen numbering 40 made an attempt to arrest the activist along the Ibadan/Lagos Expressway on Friday.

Reacting, Nnamdi Kanu on his Twitter handle, warned that Sunday Igboho should not be touched.

“I condemn in totality the pathetic attempt to arrest Sunday Igboho earlier today.

“This is yet another deliberate act of provocation by the Fulani Caliphate. No #Fulani mass murderer, Miyetti Allah or bandit is under arrest. Nigeria is on the brink! Igboho should not be touched,” he warned.

Meanwhile, the secret service in a statement signed by its Public Relations Officer, Peter Afunanya, distanced itself from the allegation.

Afunanya stressed that the news was misinforming and should be disregarded.

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2023: I’ll run for President – Doyin Okupe

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Doyin Okupe, a former aide to ex-Presidents, Olusegun Obasanjo and Goodluck Jonathan, has declared that he will be joining the race for the presidency in 2023 if the security situation in the country lingers on.

“I will run for President in 2023 if banditry, kidnapping, herdsmen ravaging the South West and Boko Haram, all continue unabated,” he tweeted.

According to him, bandits terrorising the country will be stopped dead on their tracks.

The politician noted that the situation where bandits operate unchallenged for 3 to 4 hrs will no longer be possible during his government, adding that any major mass movement in the forests will be detected by satellite and ground forces will be mobilised instantly.

“I will also submit a post dated letter of resignation from office by myself and the vice president to NASS. It will be dated 30th September 2025,” he continues

“It shall be activated by a vote of 2/3 majority of the joint seating of the NASS, who would have satisfied themselves with the fact that my admin has not done enough or anything vividly substantial in the war against the above listed 4 scourges that have plagued this Nation.

“I say all this with great and profound sense of responsibility considering the gloom and perplexity that these menaces have brought on our Nation while we all appear helpless and hopeless and we have a raging internal war pervading dear of insecurity and lack of safety, severe inter ethnic hatred and strife tending to tear the nation apart.

“I sincerely believe that things do not need to be the way they are. I have been a very close aide of two great Presidents and have been close enough to Power to know what can be done under these perplexing circumstances.

“This write up is not about immodesty. I am convinced within myself that I have the knowledge, the intellect, the exposure and experience that will be required to lead this nation out of its present predicament , if no other seriously minded person is willing to offer themselves.

“As a teaser I will elaborate briefly but not in too much detail on what the government can do to curtail this rampaging menace.

“As President I will declare a state of emergency in the affected states. I know politicians will not like this. But without security the nation and its politics will neither survive nor exist.

“Governors will not leave their political offices but their duties and functions shall be strictly limited to administrative matters while the state of emergency is in place. The state assemblies will be on temporary holiday till things return to normalcy.

“I will appoint a senior military personnel to be the state security administrator not lower than a Brigade General. He will be fully in charge and be responsible for the safety and security of citizens of the state.

“The National Security Adviser in consultation with the Service chiefs will coordinate these states’ commanding officers nationally. National Security Council meetings will be thrice weekly excluding emergency meetings.

“A daily report of security of all affected states shall be on my desk 8.00am daily.

I will deploy 2000 military troops and 3000 special police forces to each of the affected states. (this may be subject to what is readily available.

“Each state will have 2 transport helicopters, 1 surveillance helicopter with night vision capability and a surveillance helicopter.

I will arrange with international private and commercial satellite companies to cover the affected areas

“This service came into use sometimes ago during the BAGA inferno attack by Boko haram. We were able to see a whole town real time with each housing unit clearly demarcated.

“Today, bandits can be located and movements monitored through infrared Ray’s or thermal radiation from satellites focused on the area in question.

“Every school and hamlets and villages will have multiple part time trained civil security agents with electronic panic buttons gadgets which will upon activation notify and alert nearest security posts and cells.

“It will display the location of the distress caller without him saying a word. This will be available with teachers, pupils, village heads, chiefs, priests, special okada riders and transporters and market heads all over the state.

“Bandits will be stopped dead on their tracks. The situation where bandits operate unchallenged for 3 to 4 hrs will no longer be possible. Any major mass movement in the forests will be detected by satellite and ground forces will be mobilised instantly.

“This will cost money. I have done some rough estimates. $1 Billion will get this project under way and our citizens and children can all sleep with their eyes closed.

“I have written this not to seek any attention or create arguments. People do not have to agree with what I have proposed.

“If I am the Nigerian President this will be my brief to my security council. They will give their input and we will swing to action.”

2023: I’ll run for President – Doyin Okupe

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