Kashamu replies Tinubu, says APC leader’s attack shocking

Buruji Kashamu, the senator representing Ogun East Senatorial District

The Senator-elect of Ogun East Senatorial District, Buruji Kashamu, has expressed shock at Bola Tinubu’s “unwarranted attacks” against his person.

Mr. Kashamu, in a statement Tuesday, said Mr. Tinubu’s reaction to his innocuous congratulatory message to him is “unbecoming of someone of his stature and calibre.”

“First, I must say that I doubt if the statement was approved by him,” said Mr. Kashamu, a chieftain of the Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP.

“However, if it was, I must state that I am taken aback by the unwarranted attacks against me as if we were still campaigning.”

On Tuesday, Mr. Tinubu, the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, had unleashed a missile against Mr. Kashamu for describing him as his role model.

“Kashamu may be prodigal but he is no political son of Tinubu,” Mr. Tinubu had said in a statement signed by Sunday Dare, his Media Adviser.

“Kashamu’s political lineage tracks to people like Bode George and President (Goodluck) Jonathan. He should direct his encomiums to these men who are his true role models. They need his contrived affections more than Tinubu does.”

Mr. Tinubu was responding to an earlier statement by Mr. Kashamu where he paid a rare tribute to the APC leader describing him as the architect of modern Nigeria and a man who made history by leading an opposition party to grab power at the centre.

“Truth be told, men like you are made of sterner stuff and are rare to come by in every generation. Little wonder you are called the Asiwaju and Jagaban of Borgu. I doff my hat,” Mr. Kashamu wrote in an open letter addressed to Mr. Tinubu.

“I hope that in spite of our membership of different political platforms, we would be able to collaborate for the upliftment of Yorubaland in particular and Nigeria as a whole.”

Mr. Tinubu had urged Mr. Kashamu to “stop this cynical fawning,” adding that the days of false adulation and fake praise singing were gone in Nigerian politics.

Mr. Tinubu also accused the Ogun State Senator-elect of “buying his victory” at the polls, and dared him to travel to the U.S. as a Nigerian Senator.

Mr. Kashamu faced drug related charges in the U.S. before he fled to the U.K. where repeated efforts by American officials to extradite him failed, before he returned to Nigeria.

The incoming law maker and 14 other were, in 1998, charged by a U.S. federal grand jury for their alleged involvement in an international conspiracy to smuggle heroin into the U.S.

On Mr. Tinubu accusing him of buying his victory at the March 28th polls, Mr. Kashamu said that the appropriate forum to prove that is the election petitions tribunal and not the pages of newspapers.

“On the US case, I wish to state for the umpteenth time that the United States, as the bastion of democracy and the rule of law, would not lend itself to any form of abuse of the fundamental human rights of an innocent soul, especially one that has been arrested, tried, and freed by its most trusted ally – the United Kingdom.

“I am not running from any trial. All I have asked is for relevant parties to follow due process – if they believe that I yet have a case to answer.”

‘Obasanjo still my father’

Last week, Mr. Kashamu had sent an SOS to the National Human Rights Commission accusing former President Olusegun Obasanjo of instigating U.S. security agencies to apprehend him and ship him to the States for prosecution.

There have been no love lost between Mr. Kashamu and Mr. Obasanjo, a major reason the latter left the PDP.

Last December, Mr. Kashamu obtained a court injunction barring the publishing of the former president’s autobiography, My Watch.

According to Mr. Kashamu, the book described him as a fugitive wanted for drug offences in the U.S.

However, the same court lifted the injunction order last week.

In his statement Tuesday, Mr. Kashamu said he still holds the ex-president in high esteem and asked for his forgiveness.

“Baba Obasanjo remains my father and leader, just as I am his son and follower,” Mr. Kashamu said.

“It is on record that no Nigerian politician has taken former President Olusegun Obasanjo to the cleaners even as a sitting president like Asiwaju Tinubu did. Yet, Chief Obasanjo forgave him.

“As a true party man, I campaigned vigorously for my party and its candidates. Now, the elections are over, and as a true sportsman, I thought I should congratulate those who won.

“For me, it is high time politicians and leaders rose above petty issues and raise the bar in constitutional democracy. We should not just be democrats in words but also in deeds. We should play politics without bitterness.”


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  • Bayo Ola

    Kashamu, you are too patronising of Baba Iyabo. That shows you are a wierd person. You dont know Baba does not forgive and forget? Ask his children that crossed the line. If he can score even with his biological children who offended him, consider your case closed even if you bring Jesus and Ala together to plead for you in person. You are a man. You played a game. You lost the game. Brace for the consequences. That is what makes a man. If your candidate had won, the game would have favoured you as it did since the Americans requested for your head. Baba Iyabo is an Herodian. He definitely will ask for John the Baptist head–meaning you.

    • Mide

      @ Bayo Ola, I think you are right, I ve never seen him(OBJ) forgiven any of his public-known offenders, I wish he could change so as to obtain mercy and forgiveness from God in return. Kashamu should just keep quite!

      • Ay Pointblank

        But he forgave Tinubu! Are they not friends now after so many years of conflicting?

        • Epi

          Keep your friends close and your enemy closer.

        • Bayo Ola

          Dynamics of Tinubu issue are different from that of Kasamu. In today Nigeria, Obasanjo needs Tinubu more than Tinubu needs him. Tinubu is a political strategist. He beats Baba Iyabo to it when he refused to back his second term among the AD governors; he subsequently used Lagos state as a platform to launch his own political relevance in the SW and in the rest of Nigeria as a whole. Besides, he is an elite and not like Fayose or Kashamu. He never openly insults Baba Iyabo but engaged him in political sagacity and strategy to edge him out of relevance in who control the SW politics. Today, Tinubu, and not Obasanjo controls the SW politics even when Obasanjo has clouts internationally and outside Yoruba land. So Obasanjo needs Tinubu in today Nigeria than Tinubu needs him. In fact Tinubu is the one that needs to forgive Obasanjo for withholding Lagos state allocations through his tenure hoping that will cripple Tinubu’s financial war chest. As they say in Warri, Baba Iyabo knows level don change so no need to worry about Tinubu. He would rather worry with common criminals like Fayose and Buruji Kashamu; two outlaws that will by this time next year be in Jail. Thank God both offending characters are Yoruba so no one can attribute this nemesis to ethnicity

      • aje

        But he forgave Tinubu and co

  • Sanmi Falae

    Forgiveness does not annul justice.

  • kate

    But he has asked for forgiveness na.

  • Zubairu Usman

    Kashamu might as well take leave of absence before swearing in as senator.

  • Arabakpura

    Why is it so easy for these guys to beg for forgiveness after consciously offending? No wonder people from this tribe are always not taken seriously when they make noise. It will soon be Fani Kayode’s turn

    • Epi

      Why do you have to make a tribal issue out of everything. You should be tired by now as it hasn’t gotten you anywhere so far and it wouldn’t for the next umpteen years and for generations to come. Get a grip of yourself and go drink cool-aid or something.

      • Arabakpura

        As you like it! They are more tribal!

    • joe

      They will tell you its a religious thing.

  • burning spear

    The bastardizing of Nigeria by the mindless, who hate the nation. Monumental injustice to a people: 20 Owners Of Richest Oil Blocks In Nigeria Without the people of Niger Delta on whose soil the oil was found. They constitutes the main opposition to President Goodluck Jonathan today. Read on:

    (1) This oil block business is so lucrative that Danjuma’s Sapetro divested of its investment in Akpo condensate for $1billion dollars. This business is second to none in Nigeria. That is why any attempt to investigate the activities in this sector will always be futile. The money is so much that they give bribes in millions of dollars. A birthday gift or child naming gift from an oil block owner to a government official could be as paltry as $2million dollars, and if the official’s father died, the condolence gift could reach mere $3 million dollars. When they want to bribe legislators, it is in millions of dollars and any ongoing investigation ends within weeks. They are so confident that with excess money they can buy up Nigeria and they are succeeding

    (2) OML 110 with high yield OBE oil fields was given Cavendish Petroleum owned by Alhaji Mai Daribe, the Borno Patriarch in 1996 by Sanni Abacha. OBE oil field has estimated over 500 million barrels of oil. In layman’s language and using average benchmark of $100 dollars per barrel, translates to $50 billion dollars worth of oil reserve. When you remove the taxes, royalties and sundry duties worth about 60% of the reserve payable over time you get about $20billion dollars worth of oil in the hands of a family.

    (3) OPL 246 was awarded to SAPETRO, a company owned by General Theophilus Danjuma, by Sanni Abacha in 1998. Akpo condensate exports about 300,000 barrels of crude daily.

    (4) NOML 112 and OML 117 were awarded to AMNI International Petroleum Development Company owned by Colonel Sanni Bello in 1999. Sanni Bello is an inlaw to Abdulsalami Abubakar, former Head of State of Nigeria.

    (5) OML 115, OLDWOK Field and EBOK field was awarded to Alhaji Mohammed Indimi from Niger State. Indimi is an inlaw to former Military President Ibrahim Babangida.

    (6) OML 215 is operated by Nor East Petroleum Limited owned by Alhaji Saleh Mohammed Gambo.

    (7) OML 108 is operated by Express Petroleum Company Limited is owned by Alhaji Aminu Dantata.

    ( OML II3 allocated to Yinka Folawiyo Pet Ltd is owned by Alhaji W.I. folawiyo

  • burning spear

    Here’s a known list of Tinubu’s wealth and businesses, acquired through fraud and stealing. You decide when you finish reading this “Not so long” list!
    Remember he has 15 foreign bank account including in US & UK
    1. Oriental Hotel
    2. Falomo Shopping Complex
    3. First Nation Airline
    4. Lekki Concession Company
    5. Apapa Amusement Park
    6. Maiyegun Land Project
    7. The Nation Newspaper
    8. Renaissance Hotel
    9. Tejuoso Market (Joint ownership)
    10. Ikeja Shopping Mall
    11. TV Continental
    12. Converted Lagos Poly land for TVC
    13. Owned NNPC Office building in Lagos
    14. Radio Continental
    15. Owned School of Nursing building in Lagos
    16. Tax Collector of Lagos State (owns Alpha Beta, a company Prof. Osinbajo is a director)
    17. Wife is a member of the National Assembly
    18. Son-in-law is a member of the National Assembly
    19. Daughter is the President-General of Market Women Association in Lagos (After Tinubu’s mother)
    20. Two of his nephews given tickets to Lagos State House of Assembly
    21. N4 billion government financed property for self
    at Queens Drive, Lagos.
    22. Owned Royal Gardens Estate, Lekki and a host of others including choice Lagos State Lands he connered to himself, family members and cronies.
    23. He is supporting and Financing Buhari not because he loves him or Democracy but because he wants to expand his resource grabbing to the Federal level including oil blocs of the Niger Delta.

    • Arabakpura

      You forgot to add Murtala Muhammed Airport!

  • burning spear

    Fresh facts have emerged as to why top guns in the the All Progressive Congress (APC), including Ex Governor , Senator Bukola Saraki, and Governor Rotimi Amaechi rejected Asiwaju Bola Tinubu as running mate to Muhammadu Buhari.

    Sources hinted that aside from the Muslim/Muslim ticket thing, Tinubu was opposed on the basis of his “past” ─ although his supporters argue that there is no case against him, neither has he been convicted in any court of law. But records show he had a plea dead to forfeit all proceeds from his drug deals, which in it self is technically a conviction.

    Tinubu also has issues with his resume. His certificates, place of birth, parentage are all questionable. All the schools he claimed to have attended cannot be verified. His celebrated University of Toronto case is still fresh. It is instructive to point out that Yemi Osinbajo was one of his counsels in that case.