Kashamu Is Not PDP Leader Even In Ogun State, Obasanjo Still A PDP Member – Okupe

Doyin Okupe, former senior special assistant to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, says former President Olusegun Obasanjo has not resigned from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Obasanjo denounced his membership of the PDP last year, instructing Sunmonu Oladunjoye, chairman of the PDP at his ward in Abeokuta, to help him tear his party card publicly.

Obasanjo had fallen out with the leadership of the party, where he was twice elected as president, over his opposition to the reelection bid of Jonathan. He had claimed that the party was planning to expel him over his critical stance on Jonathan.

“They said they want to expel me from PDP… although I have not been told but I have my ears on ground. We’ve been trying to run away from a mad man but he pleads we wait for him at the other side of the river,” he said.

“Why would some people say they want to send me away? They don’t need to bother themselves. Here’s your membership card, take it.”

However, in a statement on Friday, Okupe, who also worked under Obasanjo, said the elder statesman has not left the former ruling party.

“Baba Obasanjo still remains the undisputed and authentic leader of the PDP in the south-west,” he said.

“The fact that he tore his membership card is not tantamount to resignation from the party. An action he has not undertaken to date.

“Tearing of the membership card though a very negative action is undoubtedly a knee-jerk reaction to certain unacceptable or intolerable happenings within the party which can and will be redressed.

“In his temporary absence, we have a collegiate or confederal leadership of eminent and distinguished elders including Chief Bode George, Chief Ogunlewe, Aare Jubril Martins Kuye, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, Chief Mrs Apampa, Dr. lekan Balogun, Baba Richard Akinjide, Alhaji Yekini Adeojo, Chief Ebenezer BABATOPE, Shuabu Oyedokun, Iyiola Omisore, Prof. Adeniran, Gov Fayose, Gov Mimiko, Senator Bode Olajumoke amongst others.

“Senator Buruji Kashamu is NOT the leader of the PDP in the south-west. He is not even the leader of the party in Ogun state. He leads an NGO called Omo Ilu which engages in empowerment programmes in the state, mainly in the Ogun east senatorial district.

“We are a proud and a foremost race in Nigeria. We have enviable political antecedents and capable of presenting nationally credible and acceptable leadership at any and all time.”

South West PDP Seeks Extension Of Sheriff’s Tenure As PDP Till 2019

The south west chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party yesterday canvassed that the chairmanship position of the Party should remain in the northern part of the country in order to make the party more appealing to all parts of the Country.

In a position paper presented to the national Chairman of the Party, Ali Modu Sheriff when leaders of the party from the zone visited him in Abuja Thursday, the leaders noted that if the party zones the position to the south as being canvassed by some members of the party, “the PDP will be branded as a regional party”.

The delegation, which was led by Senator Buruji Kashamu who was
unanimously endorsed as the south west leader of the party, comprise of chairmen of the party from all the states in the South West.

In a position paper presented to the National Chairman, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, the group admitted that there were serious problems with the party in the zone and urged the national chairman to move to bring the party back to life.

“In the South East, the PDP has three governors; we have five
governors out of the six states in the South-South; in the South West, we have two governors.

“In the whole of the North, we have only two governors. We need to strengthen the North. If not, the PDP will be branded as a regional party if we go ahead to pick the National Chairman from the South,” the paper noted.

The paper, which was copied to Governors Olusegun Mimiko and Ayo Fayose of Ondo and Ekiti States respectively, as well as former PDP Deputy National ‎Chairman, Chief Bode George and former governor Gbenga Daniel respectively, said the resolution was reached after consultation with over 70 per cent of party members in the South West.

While pledging their loyalty to the chairmanship of senator sheriff, the leaders noted that “activities in the PDP National Secretariat has picked since Sheriff emergence as National Chairman.

“We are more than willing to join hands with all well meaning leaders and elders of the party to fund‎ the party in the South West, including bearing all the expenses of the party during the coming congresses up till the National Convention where all the delegates will be guided and supported up till where they will do the needful,” the report added.

The leaders who unanimously endorsed Senator Kashamu Buruji as leader of the zone, said PDP would have won Osun, Ogun and Lagos States but for internal wrangling within the party.

Senator Ayo Adeosun‎ who spoke on behalf of delegates from Oyo State, admitted that there was serious problem in South West PDP.

“There are some influential people that are not here. We urge you to bring them on board. Lagos would have been ours but for internal wrangling,” he told the National Chairman.

The National Chairman‎ who promised to undertake tour of South West states to reconcile aggrieved members, however, reminded them that it is God that chooses a leader.

“South west is extremely important to me. I plan to visit all the states. Before now, Oyo was PDP controlled state. If my brothers and friends put their house together we would have had governor in Oyo.

Same applies in Ogun. Worse is Lagos. All the principal actors are people I talk to one to one. If we are divided we will fall.”We will bring all of you together and whosoever is wrong we will tell them you are wrong and we will work together. “Everybody will get what he wants.

I want to get the people of south west to bury our differences. “We cannot afford to divide our house. If it means for me to beg everybody I will beg. I did not bargain to be chairman of PDP but since God brought it I will do the job.

“He further assured that forthcoming congresses soon, will be free, fair and devoid of impositions.”I will warn the congress committees that they must allow what the leaders and people want in the state to take place.

We won’t impose anybody. We will make sure you choose your leaders by yourself.

That is what I intend to do” he said.Two governors from the state in the zone, Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo and Ayo Fayose of Ekiti were however absent.

Other prominent members of the party that were absent include former ministers Bode George, Shuaibu Oyedokun, Ebenezer Babatope, Dr Doyin Okupe, Femi Fani-Kayode, Gbenga Daniel among others.

Speaking on behalf of South West leaders at the meeting Ogundipe said “there will be no South West without this man, even though we have two governors. Without Buruji in the South west there is no southwest. Hold him tight he will assist you.”

Sheriff promised to study their position paper presented to him, and said there should be no more imposition of leaders on the people.

Corrupt People Within NNPC Responsible For Fuel Scarcity – Kashamu

The Senator representing Ogun East Senatorial District in the upper chamber, Senator Buruji Kashamu, has attributed the current fuel scarcity in the country to the activities of saboteurs within Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation and corrupt practices by depot managers.

He said on Sunday while fielding questions from journalists shortly after a meeting with members of the Omo-Ilu Foundation and an empowerment ceremony, held at the Omo-Ilu Foundation Complex, Ijebu-Igbo in the Ijebu North Local Government Area of Ogun State.

He advised the Federal Government to centralise the allocation of petroleum products directly from the office of the Minister of Petroleum Resources, cutting off the depot managers, whom he alleged were partly responsible for the scarcity.

Kashamu said from the investigations he conducted among some independent marketers, some managers at the depots sold Premium Motor Spirit, popularly known as petrol, to independent marketers at the official rate of N77, while the depots officials asked them to pay between N30 and N35 into special private accounts.

This, he said, had made it difficult for the retailers to sell the product to consumers at the official pump price of N86.50k.

He said, “I believe that the current scarcity is artificially induced. There are allegations that even though the Federal Government has fixed the official rate at which fuel should be lifted, many of the depots sell above the amount.

“They ask the independent marketers to pay the government approved rate into the officially designated account and another difference of between N30 to N35 per litre into other private accounts or they simply collect cash.”

AGF, NDLEA Agrees On Extradition Of Kashamu

The Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, and the authorities of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency on Saturday agreed with the Senate to halt the alleged abduction of the senator representing Ogun East Senatorial District, Buruji Kashamu, to the United States.

Kashamu had alleged penultimate week that the anti drug agency was conniving with the authorities of the US government to abduct him from Nigeria, through unlawful means.

Kashamu’s lawyer, Ajibola Oluyede, had in a petition to the Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions, claimed that NDLEA operatives had perfected strategies to forcefully take him to the US in order to answer drug related charges.

He had urged both the NDLEA and the office of the Attorney-General to drop the alleged plan and follow the rule of law in prosecuting Kashamu.

It specifically directed the two government establishments to stay any further action on Kashamu’s alleged drug charges in America, pending thorough investigation of issues raised in Kashamu’s petition against them.

Addressing journalists in Abuja, the chairman, Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions, Senator Samuel Anyanwu, said the parties had resolved to halt further action on the matter pending the determination of the suit on the matter at the court.

Anyanwu said, “The Senate, AGF, NDLEA have unanimously agreed to stop further harassment, intimidation, abduction and extradition of Kashamu until the conclusion of the matter at the law court.

“We had also agreed that the rules of law and due process must be followed in the case.”


Court Restrains AGF, NDLEA From Arresting Drug Baron Senator Buruji Kashamu

A Federal High Court in Abuja on Monday restrained the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) and its ex-Chairman, Ahmadu Giade, from arresting or detaining Senator Buruji Kashamu.

The order granted by Justice Gabriel Kolawole after listening to Kashamu’s lawyer, Ajibola Oluyede, moved an ex-parte filed in the suit marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/479/2015.

Justice Kolawole said the order will subsist until February 10 when he will give a considered ruling on the matter.

Kashamu, former Director of Mobilisation, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), is now representing Ogun East Senatorial District at the Senate.

Giade, who was a former NDLEA Chairman, is now Special Adviser to the AGF on narcotics.

Kashamu, in the motion ex-parted, is seeking three prayers, which include an order of interim injunction, restraining the three (listed as alleged contemnors in the motion) from arresting, detaining or applying for a warrant for his arrest in relation to his alleged involvement in drug trade, pending the determination of the contempt proceedings he initiated against them.

The motion was  brought pursuant to Order 35 Rule 2(1) and 26 of the Federal High Court (Civil Procedure) Rules (2009) and Section (6)(6) of the Constitution.

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Wanted Drug Baron Sen. Buruji Kashamu Put Up Posters Of Buhari In Ogun

A wanted drug baron in the United State and Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Sen. Buruji Kashamu has put up posters welcoming President Muhammudu Buhari to Ogun State.

Recall Ogun state was created on February 3rd, 1976, and is presently celebrating 40 years of it existence.

Senator Kashamu who represents Ogun East in the senate, was conspicuously absent at the special executive session held at the State’s Council chambers yesterday, Osun Defender learnt.

But in what appears to be a fawning of Mr. President ego, Mr. Kashamu, a leader of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), flooded Ogun State with posters welcoming President Buhari to the state.

The poster bore inscription such as “Ogun state wishes President Muhammudu Buhari a pleasant visit to Ogun state”, “Supporting your country all the time and your government is our responsibility”, “Corruption is the enemy of development, and of goof governance. It must be got (sic) rid it”.

The posters where sign using his acronym, SPBK, meaning Senator Prince Buruji Kashamu.

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