by Segun Odeleye
The Labour Party in Ogun state has become the greatest beneficiary of the crisis in the state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as well as the influence of the former governor of the state, Gbenga Daniel.
Seven members of the Ogun State House of Assembly and two others representing the state in the House of Representatives defected to the Labour Party.
Three of the decampees were members of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), including the former deputy speaker, Remmy Hassan representing Odogbolu State Constituency. Others former ACN members include Samson Onademuren (Ijebu North East); and Adijat Adeleye-Oladapo (Ifo II).
They all stormed the inauguration of the membership registration committees of the LP in the state.
A week ago when the APC was inaugurated in Abokuta, the state capital, these members shunned the event.
The other decampees were members of the Peoples Party of Nigeria in the state legislature, including John Obafemi, Joseph Adegbesan and Salmon Adeleke, representing Remo North, Ijebu North II and Imeko Afon state constituencies, respectively.
They were also joined by a member of the Peoples Democratic Party in the state assembly, Abiodun Akovoyon, representing Ipokia Constituency.
The nine Ogun Assembly members were in company with two members of the House of Representatives from the state, Abiodun Akinlade and Razaq Adewusi, respectively representing Ipokia/Yewa South and Imeko Afon/Yewa North Federal constituencies on the platform of the defunct ACN and PPN.
Other party chieftains from the ACN, PPN and the PDP who also attended the event were the governorship candidate of the PPN in the 2011 election, Mr. Gboyega Nasir Isiaka and the followers of the former governor of the state, Otunba Gbenga Daniel.
Daniel is said to be the major financier of the LP in Ogun.