The Ogun State House of Assembly (OGHA) yesterday listed fleeing former Governor Gbenga Daniel in its Black Book (OGHAAB) and barred him from occupying public office in the future either in the state or anywhere in Nigeria.
Daniel’s sins, according to the OGHA, is that he did not only instigate the pre-dawn contravention of the orders of the OGHA by eight minority lawmakers led by Soyemi Coker last September 6, but also committed state resources into the “inglorious” project to the tune of N167.5m.
The House said it discovered upon investigation by a 10-man panel, headed by the Deputy Speaker, Mr Remmy Hazzan (Odogbolu), that Daniel released the said sum to the minority lawmakers between September 6, 2010 and May 2011 for their “illegal sittings” and “illegal decisions” through the Accountant- General (A-G) of the state.
The former governor was nominated for inclusion in the dreaded Black Book by Hon. Olawale Hassan Alausa, representing Ijebu-Ode state constituency, and he was supported by Hon. Abiodun Akovoyon (Ipokia) as the House wound up the Sixth Legislative Assembly around 4:52 pm yesterday.
In justifying the nomination, Alausa posited that it would amount to a miscarriage of justice if the eight minority lawmakers have their names listed on the OGHABB while that of the “architect” and “financier” is left out.
When subjected to voice vote on the floor of the Assembly by Speaker Tunji Egbetokun, all the G-15 lawmakers supported the inclusion of Daniel’s name on the OGHABB for allegedly aiding and abetting the overthrow of an arm of government through “unconstitutional” means.
Others who made the OGHABB list and were equally barred from holding any public office in Ogun State or elsewhere in Nigeria were the eight lawmakers loyal to Daniel.
They are Hon. Bakenne Fasiu Adewale (Abeokuta South), Ayo-Odugbesan Edwards (Ijebu North), Adegbesan Joseph, Coker Soyemi Emmanuel, Kojeku David Sunday and Bankole Durotolu.
The affected lawmakers were declared “personal non grata, unfit for any public office anywhere in the Federal Republic of Nigeria” and were recommended for “further investigation and prosecution by the EFCC and the ICPC.”