Given the intervention by the national chairman, Labour Party, Chief Dan Nwanyanwu and a national leader of the party and governor of Ondo State, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, the suit against a former governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel by a factional state executive of the party led by Mr. Bode Simeon, would be withdrawn anytime from now.
A pointer to this was contained in a statement jointly signed by the state Secretary, Mr. Sunday Oginni and state financial secretary,Mr. Abayomi Arabambi, and the national leadership of the party.
The party had been enmeshed in leadership crisis between Daniel and the Mr. Olabode Simeon-led executive, which polarised the party into two factions in the state. In the statement, the party said it has commenced a move to discontinue with the suit filed against Daniel challenging his authority in the party before a Federal High Court, Ikeja, Lagos.
The statement read in part: “In a bid to end the crisis, Ondo State Governor, our leader, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, the national Chairman of the party, Chief Dan Nwanyanwu among other members of the national executive have ordered the suit filed against ex-Governor Daniel should be withdrawn.”
The statement added that the party has officially written the lawyer handling the case, Mr. Oluyede Delano, to hands off from the case and notify the Federal High Court in Lagos through an affidavit of their desire to discontinue from the suit.
It added, “Our leaders have also directed both factions to harmonise their executive to make the party in the state more formidable to dislodge the government of Senator Ibikunle Amosun in the coming election.
“The leadership of former governor Gbenga Daniel is hereby affirmed and that the status quo ante in respect of Ogun State Labour Party executive positions at all levels in the state remain sacrosanct pending ongoing harmonisation which would culminate to congresses of affirmation in due course.”
They appealed to all members of Ogun Labour Party that had defected to other political parties during the protracted crisis to return to the party “so that we can together fish out the inept, insensitive, maladministration and evil machinations of Senator Ibikunle Amosun-led government come February 28, 2015.”
They had also agreed to harmonise the state executive during the coming state congresses through affirmation.
Source: Punch News