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Kashamu to Party elders “Dont Kill South West PDP”
Senator Buruji Kashamu

Kashamu to Party elders “Dont Kill South West PDP”

Senator representing Ogun East, Buruji Kashamu, has urged national leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) not to kill the party in the Southwest.

Kashamu, in a statement, said one or two people should not be allowed to control the party in the Southwest.

He said: “I wish to urge our national leaders not to allow these people to destroy the party in the Southwest. If they want the party to survive in the Southwest, they must accommodate everyone. They should not allow one or two people to control the party in the Southwest.

“We have many tested, educated and intelligent leaders in the Southwest. The structure of the PDP in the Southwest should not be left in the hands of some selfish impostors, who cannot mobilise for the party and look for resources to build it, alongside other meaningful leaders in the Southwest.

“For instance, during the 2015 elections, one of these people was accused of misappropriating N300 million of the N500 million meant for the Presidential election. The matter is still with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

“It is normal for people to disagree. Sometimes, such disagreements, especially in a political party, could even shake it to its foundation. But, at the end of the day, it can only make it stronger. It was the laws of the land and our justice system that rescued the party and made it to stand today. We should stop all acts of impunity, lawlessness and illegality. That is the only way the party can stand the test of time.”

He faulted dissolution of the party’s executive councils in Ogun and Southwest, saying this was wrong since the courts had resolved issues of the authentic delegates to the National Convention from Ogun State and the Southwest.

He likened the rumbling in the party in Ogun and Southwest to “a contest among individuals interested in strengthening the PDP as a viable political party that aggregates and caters for the interests of all members and persons”.

Kashamu urged national leaders to avoid the distraction posed by some self-serving persons.

“Most politicians and political observers are aware of the political differences between me and Ekiti State Governor Ayo Fayose, and former Ogun State Governor Gbenga Daniel (OGD).

“The others like Chief Iyiola Omisore, Chief Olabode George and the amateurish Ladi Adebutu – are latter day joiners, who dread a free and fair competition.

“In their desperate bid to destroy me, they have resorted to all manner of tricks, intrigues and manoeuvering. They have continued to blackmail me and poison minds of members of the National Working Committee (NWC), some national leaders, past and present governors as well as former ministers, calling me all manner of names.

“I will continue to fight for the interest of my people in the Southwest as they are my strength and shield. Without them, I am nothing. Since all my actions are borne out of sincerity and singleness of mind, I will continue to put my trust in the Almighty Allah,” he said.

He accused Fayose  of wanting to seize the party structure in the Southwest for future negotiation for his ambition, adding that Daniel has his eyes on the national chairmanship and wants to be in control of Ogun State PDP.

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