A leader of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ogun State who was also its gubernatorial candidate in the 2019 elections, Senator Buruji Kashamu, has debunked the publications the Nation newspaper and City Pulse on the 1st of May, 2020.
Kashamu, in his press statement described the publications as a junk journalism, dependence on mediocre legal advice, unfounded confidence that the judiciary will bow to despotic dictates, falsehood, betrayals and dishonesty. He described the Adebutu minority faction as an hallmark of the perennially unsuccessful strategies, who have believed that they have a birthright to control the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ogun State even
According to him, “Our attention has been drawn to the most recent version of these falsehoods commissioned and published in The Nation Newspaper and City Pulse online publication of May 1st 2020.
“That 13 out of the 14 members of the authentic PDP Ogun State Executive Committee (authenticated by the judgment of the Federal High Court in its judgment of 24th June, 2016 in Suit No. FHC/L/CS/636/2016) have gone over to the Adebutu’s Group.”
The former legislator emphasised that there is no Adebutu group in the Ogun State PDP; the so called Adebutu group, he referred to as a bunch of PDP members who supported Ladi Adebutu’s unsuccessful bid for the gubernatorial candidacy of the PDP in 2019 and further defected to the APM in 2019 under a three-year agreement which still subsists.
Kashamu reiterated that the Executive Committee of the PDP can enter into any political alliance with another political party. He said, “Once a group of members decides to abandon their Party and “join forces” with a Party opposing the PDP, they have effectively defected and lost their membership of the Party.”
Buruji in his rejoinder cleared the notion that there is an order made by Justice Inyang Ekwo of the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court in Suit No. FHC/ABJ/CS/208/2020 stopping the conduct of PDP congresses in Ogun State and that the congresses conducted on the 7th, 21st of March and on the 3rd of April 2020 will be nullified for being conducted in contempt of that order.
He responded, “Suit No. FHC/ABJ/CS/208/2020 was brought by the dissidents in Ogun State in the name of the PDP against the authentic Ogun State PDP Executive Committee (as established by the judgment of the Federal High Court in Suit No. FHC/L/CS/636/2016) seeking a review of the judgment which had ordered that only the said authentic Ogun State PDP Executive Committee could conduct congresses or primaries of the PDP in Ogun State.
“The reliefs sought were to the effect that the court should decide that because of some Supreme Court Judgments (that allegedly suggest that only the NEC of a political Party may conduct congresses and primaries), the judgment in Suit No. FHC/L/CS/636/2016 was not valid in empowering the Ogun State PDP Executive Committee to conduct congresses for its successors in 2020.
“In that action, they had applied for an order of the court to stop the Ogun State PDP Executive Committee from conducting congresses and the court had refused the application and directed that the Defendants be put on Notice.”
Senator Kashamu further cleared the air OK the rumour that INEC has nullified the congresses on the basis of an alleged restraining order/order for maintenance of status quo.
“We have already demonstrated that there is no restraining order on conduct of PDP Congresses in Ogun State. It is also a falsehood that INEC nullified any of the congresses conducted on the 7th, 21st March and 3rd April 2020. INEC may have its view about the meaning or effect of the remarks of the court “that Parties should not tamper with the res of the action but that does not give INEC any right to nullify any congress on the basis of such view.
“Already, INEC has received the reports of the congresses and is aware of the new officers that will now take over from the Ogun State Executive Committee of the PDP backed by FHC/L/CS/636/2016. Hon. Samson Kayode Bamgbose now leads the new Ogun State Executive Committee of the PDP. He and his colleagues have already approached the Federal High Court for protection from the anticipated antics of the desperate elements and their new allies in Ogun State.”
Senator Buruji Kashamu, has stated that he is ready for genuine reconciliation through the Samson Bamgbose-led State Executive Committee to ensure its success. He clearly stated that, a genuine reconciliation is not an act of cowardice or a sign of weakness. Rather, it is in the spirit of sportsmanship and a direct response to the wish of the people, especially the grassroots.
“We have always propagated the need for mutual respect and cooperation. If anyone thinks otherwise, we cannot force them to go against their wish. For, as it said, “you can only lead a horse to water, you can’t make it drink”. We had thought (and still think) it would be in the overall interest of our Party and the people to come together and become a united and formidable force,” he added.