The Ogun PDP faction loyal to Mr. Obasanjo declared support for Mr. Oyinlola
A faction of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Ogun State Chapter, has called on its national leadership to come to the aid of the party in the South-West, alleging that a moneybag, Buruji Kashamu, plots to destabilise the party through dubious litigation.
The faction, loyal to former President Olusegun Obasanjo, raised the alarm in a statement issued by its secretary, Dapo Adeyemi, and made available to journalists in Abeokuta on Monday night.
Another faction of the Ogun PDP is loyal to Mr. Kashamu.
The statement noted that the plot is traced to the recent Federal High Court sack order of Olagunsoye Oyinlola as the party’s National Secretary, after a case filed by the Mr. Kashamu PDP.
“The attention of the Ogun State Peoples Democratic Party under the leadership of Sen. Dipo Odujinrin has been drawn to the recent pronouncement by a Federal High Court in Abuja where it sacked the National Secretary of our great party, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola,” the statement noted.
“Ordinarily, such an order would not have warranted a response from us, but the fact that the plaintiffs in the suit where a purported Ogun PDP executive led by one Bayo Dayo and under the influence of a one-man renegade called Prince Buruji Kashamu.”
Mr. Adeyemi said his faction of the PDP in Ogun State was the only recognised one.
“For the umpteenth time and in order for the public not to be misguided, it must be restated that there is only one PDP executive in Ogun State recognized by the National Working Committee – which is the Sen. Dipo Odujinrin-led executive,” he said.
The party secretary said the Ogun PDP did not institute “any legal action to challenge the office of our National Secretary or any other officer of the Party.”
“Whereas, we respect the authority of the courts as the ultimate arbiter on disputes and also the personality of the learned justice, but it is becoming worrisome the tendencies by these persons to continually undermine the growth of our party by their incessant abuse of court processes and the fact that their sponsor, Prince Buruji Kashamu, is virtually able to secure such pronouncements at will and even make boast of it.
“The political process in our country must not be allowed to be damaged by frivolous litigation meant to massage the swollen ego of a wayward and dishonest businessman. The judiciary cannot afford to perpetually lend itself to the crooked machinations of a political charlatan,” it said.
The Ogun PDP alleged that Mr. Kashamu and his group were also planning to destabilise the Zonal Working Committee of the party led by former Ekiti State Governor, Segun Oni; and the National Working Committee including the position of the National Auditor, Bode Mustapha.
The party said it is at a loss as to what Mr. Kashamu intends to achieve saying “does he want to be the sole proprietor of the PDP.”
“We hereby call on the leader of our great party, President Goodluck Jonathan and our respected National Chairman, Bamanga Tukur, to use their good offices to rein in the rampaging ill wind that is blowing nobody any good. At a time when everyone is embracing reconciliation in order to reposition the party for the 2015 challenge,” Mr. Adeyemi stated.
The Ogun PDP said Mr. Kashamu is striving to hijack the party and sink everyone with himself, describing him as a sinking man and accusing him of being a mole in the party.
“We denounce and dissociate Ogun PDP from the judicial order and restate our belief and support for the Engr. Segun Oni-led ZWC and the Bamanga Tukur-led NWC in whole.
“Buruji Kashamu is a malignant tumor that if left unchecked could turn into a cancer capable of destroying the soul of the PDP in its entirety, but we are glad that our people who were with him before now understand his intentions and have started to return into the mainstream,” the party stated.