The Ogun State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), on Thursday, inaugurated a committee to organise a reception for former President, Olusegun Obasanjo, over his resignation as chairman of the party’s Board of Trustees (BOT).
The inauguration of the 17-man committee, headed by Yemi Adefulu, took place at Goodluck/Sambo Campaign headquarters , Moshood Abiola way, Abeokuta, the state capital .
The factional state chairman of the party, Dipo Odujinrin, who presided over the ceremony, said the committee has the mandate to plan and execute a befitting reception for the former president.
Mr. Odujinrin explained that the reception was important because of Mr. Obasanjo’s roles at keeping the country united. He said the former President’s tenure as BOT chairman of the party witnessed “the victory of our party in 2007 general elections.”
He chronicled the achievements of Mr. Obasanjo from his time as military ruler to 1999 when he was elected civilian president. He said having the opportunity to celebrate and honour living legends (like Mr. Obasanjo) was a rare honour.
The party boss said the committee has 90 days to submit its report, stressing that the grand reception for Mr. Obasanjo, which is coming five months after the latter left office as BOT chairman, is not belated.
The Chairman of the reception organising committee, Mr. Adefulu, in his acceptance speech, described Mr. Obasanjo as “an enigma, a unique man, a great Yoruba man, a warrior, an intellectual, a military and political strategist, a statesman, a resilient man tutored by war and nurtured by experience”
No faction in Ogun PDP
Mr. Odujinrin claimed that the Ogun PDP no longer had different factions, but quickly added that the party had uncovered an alleged plan by Buruji Kashamu, a sponsor of another faction within the party, to destabilise the party.
He accused Mr. Kashamu of being a card carrying member of the state’s ruling Action Congress of Nigeria, in a ward in Mushin, Lagos.
Mr. Kashamu however denied the allegations by Mr. Odujinrin. He claimed to “have empowered many PDP members in Ogun State with over 700 vehicles, motorcycles and various tools of their respective trades.”
“ All these things are visible and verifiable. I challenge them to tell the whole world what they have done to empower PDP members,” the party sponsor said.
Mr. Kashamu accused Mr. Odujinrin’s faction of the PDP of being a stooge for Mr. Obasanjo and secretly working with the ACN government in the state.