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Gov Daniel, Speaker In Fresh Row

Posted by By Jide Osokoya on 2008/09/11 | Views: 1624 |

Gov Daniel, Speaker In Fresh Row


The crisis over the chairmanship of the Ogun PDP Central Senatorial District has resulted in a fresh clash between the state governor, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, and the Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Hon. Tunji Egbetokun.

The crisis over the chairmanship of the Ogun PDP Central Senatorial District has resulted in a fresh clash between the state governor, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, and the Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Hon. Tunji Egbetokun.

P.M.News authoritatively gathered that while the governor stood his grounds that Senator Tunde Osholake remains sacked and Hon. Bode Mustapha should continue as new chairman, the Speaker openly opposed the governor, insisting that Osholake is the bonafide chairman.

The recent confrontation between the governor and the Speaker was said to have been fuelled by allegations by party members that Osholake was being punished by Governor Daniel because of the Speaker.

Sources privy to the genesis of the fresh political crisis revealed to P.M.News that the embattled chairman of PDP Ogun Central Senatorial district, Senator Osholake, had alleged that he was being ‘punished’ by Gbenga Daniel for not ‘cautioning’ the Speaker during the House of Assembly’s face-off with the governor.

Osholake, who hails from the same local government, Obafemi-Owode, with the Speaker, also alleged that his relationship with the Minister of Mines and Power, Alhaji Sharafa Ishola, was his second offence.

P.M.News gathered that, in a rare show of loyalty, the Speaker openly supported the reinstatement of his kinsman, against Governor Daniel’s wish, and the Ogun helmsman never took kindly to the development.

Egbetokun, it was learnt, openly pitched tent with Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, Chief Sule Onabiyi and other PDP chieftains in the state, who clamour for Osholake’s continuity.

Daniel and his group were said to have taken their complaint to the party leaders in Abuja, last week, while P.M.News learnt that the Speaker’s group also used the opportunity of their official visit to Abuja to tell party leaders their own side of the story.

With this development, the widely reported reconciliation between the Executive and the Legislative arms of government in Ogun State seems to be heading for the rocks

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