Buruji Kashamu, the Senator, representing Ogun East Senatorial District in the National Assembly, has condemned the emergence of Ekiti State Governor, Mr. Ayo Fayose, as the Chairman of the Peoples’ Democratic Party Governors’ Forum, saying the forum should have chosen a more experienced and mature person who is untainted by the EFCC, not “a cantankerous, divisive and unstable character like Governor Fayose, who snaps at the slightest provocation”.
In a statement he released, Kashamu said “As a committed and loyal party man, it gives me great concern that instead of taking steps that will foster peace and unity, we are doing things that will widen the gap and cause more disunity.
“Those who chose him should have a rethink in the interest of the party that is striving hard to return to power.”
“Fayose had always wanted to be the chairman of the PDP Governors Forum. That was why he had some resentment towards Mimiko upon his emergence as the chairman of the forum in 2015. “
Kashamu stated, “There are those who are better educated, well-cultured and better exposed, who are not working against the interest of their people and country.
“We have governors, who have held public offices since the return to democracy in 1999 but who are untainted. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission does not have any case against them. Those are the kind of people that could have been chosen to lead the Forum.
Kashamu said the choice of Fayose as the chairman of the PDP forum would further polarise the party and destroy it.
He added, “How many of the notable leaders of the party in Ekiti State and the South-West are ready to work with Fayose? He had the opportunity to fight for the interest of the good people of Ekiti State and Yorubaland, but he flunked it, preferring to promote impunity with a tiny clique who will always do his bidding.”
Kashamu also scolded Mimiko, who he called “a traitor” who “the party broke up on his head when he overreached himself”
“Instead of being a strong leader, who would be fair to all and do good to all manner of people, without fear or favour, he became more of a weather-beaten fowl, sullen and uninspiring.
Fayose’s media aide,Lere Olayinka has since told Kashamu to stop interfering in other people’s business, asking “what is the business of a senator who is not even a principal officer” with who heads the Governors’ forum.