A faction of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has kicked against the constitution of a parallel PDP presidential campaign organisation. The group is led by the senator representing Ogun East senatorial district in the National Assembly, Senator Buruji Kashamu, who is also the faction’s governorship candidate ahead of the 2019 general elections.
Kashamu in a statement sent to journalists on Wednesday, January 9, described the composition of the new body which had a member of the House of Representatives and a factional governorship candidate of the party in the state, Oladipupo Adebutu as fake. He said the PPCO, which he heads as the chairman is authentic and was inaugurated by the Engr. Adebayo Dayo-led state executive of the PDP on Wednesday, November 8.
He said his choice as the chairman of PPCO in Ogun state was informed by the fact that he is the party’s governorship candidate with a solid structure and functional offices across the state. Part of the statement read: “The purported inauguration of another PDP PCO by the dissident group within the Ogun State PDP is most unfortunate.
“One is surprised that this is coming at a time well-meaning stakeholders are preaching reconciliation, peace and unity. “As a lawmaker, he should not portray himself as a lawbreaker. The only PDP chairman known to the law and major stakeholders within the Ogun state PDP is Engr. Adebayo Dayo.
“Engr. Dayo, as the state chairman of the PDP, presided over the state congress, where the governorship candidate of our party was elected. “Having emerged in line with the provisions of the Constitution of our great party, I am the governorship candidate known to the party, the law and INEC. “It was in line with the decisions and guidelines released by the party that the governorship candidates should head the PDP PCO in their respective states that the party stakeholders chose me to lead the campaign in Ogun state. “So, any other person parading himself as the chairman of the PDP PCO in Ogun state is an impostor and should be ignored.” Senator Kashamu, therefore, urged the security agencies and the national leadership of the party to call Adebutu to order, stressing that his actions can plunge the party and state into an unnecessary chaos and crisis.
Senator Kashamu had earlier faulted the PDP’s national chairman, Uche Secondus, for describing him as an All Progressives Congress (APC) agent.
In a statement sent to journalists on Sunday, December 9, Kashamu said his actions were to ensure his rights were protected. He also accused the PDP of consistently disobeying subsisting court judgments under the guise of party supremacy.