Former Governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel has finally opened his hotel, Conference Hotel & Suites to business after waiting for eight years to complete the construction of the gigantic edifice in Abeokuta, the state capital.
Based on our findings, the uncompleted project back then was sealed up by the immediate past governor of the State, Senator Ibikunle Amosun immediately after he was sworn in as the governor of the state, over reasons best known to him at that time.
For the duration of his two-terms of eight years, the hotel project, which was nearing completion and already had about 300 permanent staff, remained under lock and key till May 29, 2019. No amount of lobbying and truce meetings would make Amosun change his mind. He stood his ground forgetting that the office of governor he occupied was transient.
Prior to the 2003 general elections, that produced Otunba Gbenga Daniel as the governor of the State under People’s Democratic Party, Senator Amosun, OGD and the present governor of the State, Prince Dapo Abiodun were very close friends and they played a significant role in the build-up to the election.
A certain photograph which was widely circulated in the media weeks ago, which captured Amosun and Dapo Abiodun holding megaphone durance one of the campaign train of Gbenga Daniel as the governor of the state, can attest to the fact the three musketeers were indeed close friend before they allowed politics separate them.
The duo of Amosun and Daniel were once jolly good fellows who had teamed up to oust the then Governor Segun Osoba from power in 2003 election on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party.
The political partnership between Amosun and Daniel worked out as both of them achieved their political desires afterwards.
While Daniel emerged the governor of the state in 2003, Amosun clinched the seat of the Ogun Central Senatorial district.
On May 29, 2019, immediately after his inauguration of Governor Dapo Abiodun as the governor of the State, he stormed the hotel and ordered it reopened.
For a hotel that hundreds of millions of naira had been sunk into, what remained was a carcass as burglars had stolen the electrical fittings, electronics, chandeliers and other valuables.
Conference Hotel & Suites is located a few metres from the Ogun State Governor’s Office, the multi-storeyed edifice housing about 200 well-appointed rooms, a standard swimming pool, an underground lounge, has now become fully operational.
Among other dignitaries at the event was the Governor Abiodun, Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, Party stalwarts and OGD’s friends from the business world.
Though pained, Otunba Gbenga Daniel was stoic about the scenes of atrocious pillaging that confronted him. He said, “To forgive is divine. You all know I don’t waste time to forgive and I guess everybody connected with my hotel closure has regretted it. The most important thing is that I am alive. Some other people that found themselves in such a situation never made it alive. I took everything as the way God has planned it and I thank God for everything.”