A former senator representing Ogun East, Senator Buruji Kashamu has blamed the former governor of Ekiti State, Mr Ayodele Fayose for the crisis loomimg the PDP in Ogun state for what he termed the betrayal of the former Ekiti governor.
According to the former lawmaker, the crisis within the Ogun State PDP is caused my his best friend, Ayodele Fayose and Ladi Adebutu. Kashamu believed that Fayose who is interested in collapsing the South West Structure he built used Ladi Adebutu as a tool.
Senator Kashamu who was confident that there was no reason for the party to lose the 2019 gubernatorial election if it was not because of their betrayal.
The lotto merchant equally expressed readiness to support the governorship ambition of Ladi Adebutu, the son of a business mogul, Kesignton Adebutu.
He stressed that he is not against Ladi contesting for governor or senator under the People’s Democratic Party in the state.
The PDP chieftain disclosed this on Thursday while speaking with newsmen at his Victoria Island office, in Lagos.
The former senator who described Ladi Adebutu as his junior brother noted that he is not interested in contesting for any political positions in Ogun state again.
He stressed that if there is reconciliation among the aggrieved members of the party they can work together to achieve success in the forthcoming elections.
He however lamented that the reconciliation of the two factions seems impossible.
Kashamu explained that the PDP factions in the state cannot reconcile because the other faction led by Adebutu is allegedly against it.
The PDP chieftain accused Adebutu of using the crisis in PDP to make money from his father.
He noted that he is not against any genuine reconciliation of the two factions of the party in the state.
He said, “Ladi is my junior brother, I don’t want to become governor, I don’t want to contest for governorship again or Senate, it is Ladi that is looking for governorship seat and I have said let us join hand together to reconcile everybody so that we can be stronger to face the opponent.
“But, I don’t know why he want to be an Alpha and Omega, he doesn’t want any other person to outshine him. If not because of the money of his father, has he ever work before? If me as a leader face him, he is a leader.
“Even if you Ladi said that you want governor, I will give you, I don’t have any problem, but you want governor does not mean you will be the only candidate, other people can also contest.
“As for me, I will never contest for any position in Ogun state again, but there is no way you will be seeing yourself as Alpha and omega like Ladi is doing and you will expect the party to move forward.”
Kashamu however disclosed that Ladi has never called him to inform him about his governorship ambition.
He maintained that the arrogance of Ladi is allegedly responsible for why the party lost in the last election.
According to him, when we lost election, I have to stay behind to put my things in order because I lost a lot of money. Like for good four years, I have been fighting to put the party together while some people (Ladi Adebutu) on the other side are doing everything to break the party.
He added, “at the end of the day during the election, I was at the law side while he was at illegality side with the national. When the law say it is this, they will say this is contrary to the law; we have to fight to the last minute when the INEC decided who to be candidate or not.
“But, believe me if it wasn’t because of Ladi Adebutu arrogance, there is no reason why we will not be in government of Ogun state today. But because of his arrogance and he believe he has arrived, he believes he can betray anybody like Engr. Dayo betrayed me.
“If he Adebutu can told Engr. Dayo to betray me, he should know that Engr. Dayo can do the same, but the two of them are almost the same.
“If you remember, it was our group that gave Ladi Adebutu ticket to become House of Representatives which offcourse he won with all the supports we gave to him. It wasn’t up to three months that he got there that he has started fighting with the structure up till today because he want to become a governor.
“He has never call me one day to tell me that he want to become a governor or for me to say maybe I don’t want to follow or support him.”