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Former Governor of Ogun state ,Otunba Gbenga Daniel has called the bluff of the state governor, Dapo Abiodun as he began his Ogun East Senatorial campaign contrary to the governor’s directive .
PLATFORM TIMES reliably gathered that, Daniel launched his campaign on Sunday at Akarigbo palace,Sagamu, contrary to the directive of the governor who did not want any campaign to start soon.
Both Daniel and Abiodun belong to the same All Progressives Congress .
PLATFORM TIMES observed that few hours after Daniel’s media office rolled out the campaign activities , the governor through the APC chairman , Yemi Sanusi issued a release asking all candidates to fall in line with the party’s campaign time table .
A source at Oke-Mosan hinted PLATFORM TIMES that the governor was fuming following the action of the senatorial candidate who had governed the state for eight years, 16 years before Abiodun assumed office .
The source said the governor had told Daniel to halt every activity pending the time the whistle will be blown for the commencement of campaign activities .
Apparently irked by Daniel’s action to embark on campaign without it’s blessings ,the party in the statement on Saturday said despite the fact that the Independent National Electoral Commission has lifted the embargo for candidates for national elections President and National Assembly to commence campaign activities towards the 2023 general elections, it did not want any candidate to start any campaign .
Sanusi in the statement had said “to align the campaign programmes of the candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ogun State with the national campaign timetable of the Party and ensure a harmonized and orderly campaign in the State, the Executive Council of Ogun State APC is in the process of constituting its Campaign Committee.
“The Campaign Committee will liaise with the National Headquarters, the Presidential Campaign Council, and the Governor to draw a comprehensive campaign timetable for the State.
“In the meantime, the candidates are encouraged to continue their consultations with various stakeholders, electorate and interest groups ahead of the campaign flag-off.
“Consequently, the Ogun State Chapter of the Party hereby directs that all candidates wait for further directives with respect to campaign flag-off activities.
“All candidates and indeed all members of the Party in the State should be guided accordingly.”
Miffed with the action which was considered as an attempt to jeopardize his chances at poll, Daniel ignored the directive and commenced his campaign.
PLATFORM TIMES reliably gathered that, Daniel had several times sought the approval from the governor to begin his campaign ,saying, ‘delay may be dangerous.”
Announcing his plan , Daniel through the Deputy Director General Gateway Movement , John Obafemi in a statement had said the Gateway Movement, in conjunction with Gateway Front Foundation (GFF), will on Sunday, 2nd October, 2022 hold a Mega Empowerment Programme.
“A major highlight of the event is the raffle where mouth-watering prizes will be won.
“Star Prize: Agricultural Tractor worth about N10 miliion*
“1st Prize: *Toyota Highlander SUV Jeep*
“2nd Prize: 240 litres Deep Freezer*
“3rd Prize: 2.5KVA Generator*
“Over 500 other items are up for grabs, including sewing machines, grinding machines etc.”
Multiple sources told PLATFORM TIMES that Daniel was of the opinion that the electorate must be reached and sought their votes long time before the election.
It was also gathered that , Daniel camp impressed it on the governor why delay might cost the party victory .
It was further gathered that ,some surveys carried out showed that Abiodun is not popular among the electorate .
Further findings showed that the introduction of Bi-Modal Voters Accreditation Machine System, ( BIVAS )
was also considered as a serious factor that might work against last minute efforts .
Daniel was said to have told the governor to allow him begin his campaign doa s to avoid him losing at the poll.
The former governor 2qs said to have said that he could not afford to fail in this project ,hence, he began reaching out to the people.
The action of Daniel, ,PLATFORM TIMES ,gathered, made the governor and si party leaders stayed away from the campaign ground .
The battle line seems to she been drawn between Abiodun and Daniel as the election dates are fast approaching .
Those who attended the campaign included ; a former Minister of State for Defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro; a former Commissioner for Finance in Lagos State, Wale Edun; former Deputy Governors Gbenga Kaka, Salmot Badru and Yetunde Onanuga, on Sunday, met with former Governor Gbenga Daniel in Ogun State.
Others at the event were Senator Ganiu Solomon; Prince Gboyega Isiaka; Remo House of Representatives member, Adewunmi Onanuga; former Deputy Speaker of the Ogun State House of Assembly, Hon. Dare Kadiri and others.
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