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ANALYSIS: As Early Air of Defection Blows Over Ogun State

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Nigeria News takes a look at the news of early defection of politicians in Ogun State.

The former Governor of Ogun State and Director-General of Atiku Abubakar Presidential Campaign Organization, Otunba Gbenga Daniel is yet to deny that he has crossed to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

He had written a letter to the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Prince Uche Secondus announcing his retirement from partisan politics but the news about his defection would soon surface across social media platforms.

Daniel’s recent romance with the Ogun State Governor-Elect, Dapo Abiodun of the All Progressives Congress had earlier suggested his close fraternity with the ruling party.

Facts emerged that the former governor had not been comfortable with the internal crisis within the PDP before and after the party lost the presidential election.

While addressing his teeming supporters who stormed his Sagamu home shortly after he announced his retirement, Daniel said that he had to quit politics so that he could attend to many of his businesses that are now suffering due to his active role in politics over the year.

But probes by journalists after the address revealed that the former governor had perfected the strategy to cross over to the ruling party. He said that many of his supporters had kicked against his retirement as they called on him to lead them to the APC.

“What can I do, my people have spoken. I will lead them to APC,” These are Daniel’s words. It is clear that he cannot lead the PDP members in Ogun State to APC and leave them there, he must decamp with agenda, which his old friend and the governor-elect, Abiodun must look into.

Daniel’s new step may also be viewed as a way to save his ass from the tough whip of the ruling APC, who will soon begin witch-hunting the members of the opposition. Eight years after he left office, Daniel is still facing prosecution over money laundering by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

He said there was a lot of pressure that he should join APC. Of course, one of the best ways for a looter and sinner to become a saint in Nigeria politics is to decamp to the ruling APC. There are good examples, some of whom have also won senatorial seats in the last National Assembly election.

As a matter of fact, the former Governor of Abia State, Orji Uzor Kalu who has cases with EFCC won the senatorial election as APC candidate. One Ibrahim Babajide Obanikoro, son of the former Minister of State for Defence whose father had a case of money laundering and diversion of public funds to his personal account clinched the House of Representatives seat.

His father, Musiliu Obanikoro had to defect from PDP to APC to create a way for his son in the new party despite all the corruption charges against him. Daniel’s defection to many of his allies is a welcome development because it erases the sins of the politician.

But the question is the timing. Is it too early for Daniel to Abandon Atiku Abubakar? Time will tell as it erases on the waiting list to jump parties.

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