EMBATTLED Governor Olugbenga Daniel of Ogun State yesterday threw caution to the winds and classified the governorship candidate of his ruling Peoples Democratic Party [PDP]; Chief Adetunji Olurin as a mad man for saying he would send him to jail.
Daniel at a press conference in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital where he took on virtually all his opponents including former President Olusegun Obasanjo and the Minister for Commerce and Industry; Senator Jubril Martins-Kuye said that Olurin must be out of his minds to have made the statement.
He said “I don’t know his [Olurin] pedigree that can make him make a statement like that. On what basis? Because of cooked up petition or what? I have been here for eight years and I didn’t jail anybody. It was a careless and irresponsible statement.
“Somebody who has not been governor of this state for one day says he will jail the Chief Executive. He must be out of his mind. Where was he when i turned Ilaro, his home twon around, where for decades he has not been able to add any value?
“The house that he built in Ilaro, I was the one who gave him land because I said that he cannot be a big man without a house in his hometown. Olurin told me that he is to old to run for governorship and that he would rather support Gboyega Isiaka or any other young person that emerges. When did he change his mind? Who persuaded him?
“I pray this is not the kind of government that will take over from us. If that happens; I will kiss you people goodbye”
Daniel who was visbly angry said that he fell out with senator Jubril martis-Kuye and the Chairman of the State Elders Forum; Chief sule Onabiyi because they could not complete the Judiciary Complex contract he awarded to them.
“Kuye should tell the people what went wrong. When i give a job, it must be done. Because of non performance, the Judiciary Complex has not been completed. It was one year after they started that we constructed the first phase of the secretariat and we have even completed the second phase.
“Kuye had a meeting last week in Ago-Iwoye and he asked his people to go and vote for Action Congress of Nigeria [ACN]. Who among us is doing anti party? A Minsiter of the Federal Republic of Nigeria at a rally pointed to a drug Baron and said he was the one who saved them”
Governor Daniel also explained that a the decision of a meeting between him and the Presidential team led Chief Anthony Anenih was scuttled by former President obasanjo who he said tore the list of the names agreed upon.
He explained that the Abuja team was able to convince him to accept fielding the Governorship candidate with Obasanjo producing the Deputy while Iyabo obasanjo Bello would get her senatorial ticket for Ogun Central and that he would get that of Ogun East.
He said that the agreement was such that the Obasanjo camp would have six out of the nine House of Representatives seats while Daniel’s group get three quaters of the 26 House of Assembly seats.
“I agreed in principle. I learnt when they got to the President, he was excited but had to go to Obasanjo. Somebody tore the list. I am sure you are aware of that and here we are”