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The senator representing Ogun East senatorial district, Buruji Kashamu, has accused the Chairman of the National Caretaker Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ahmed Makarfi, of plotting to destabilise the party in the South-west.
In a letter to Makarfi, a copy of which was obtained by THISDAY, Kashamu kicked against the plan by the national leadership of the party to hold a national convention in December.
He said rather than reconciling the factions in the Ogun State chapter of the party, Makarfi chose to take side with one of the factions.
The senator said the problems in the South-west PDP was caused by the complications of Makarfiâ€™s desire to compensate his â€œunpopular supporters in the zone during his litigations against Ali Modu Sheriff.â€
Kashamu stated that just like Sheriff, Makarfi is nursing a presidential ambition, and warned him not to allow his ambition destroy the party.
He said: â€œYou glaringly nurture a presidential ambition as well as Sheriff, which understandably both of you are denying, awaiting the right moments. Thatâ€™s why I had nothing personal against you for fighting up to the Supreme Court for matters dear to your perception.
â€œHowever, upon your judicial victory, it is absurdly unthinkable for you to be acting as if others have no such rights.â€
Kashamu accused him of disobeying court orders and asked: â€œShould you by the benevolence of Allah, become the president of the federal republic, is this how you would handle national and intra-zonal disputes?â€
He asked Makarfi what he stand to gain if the PDP is paralysed in the South-west.
â€œI wish to also think that you are not deliberately working with your caretaker members to destroy the PDP in the Southwest, particularly Ogun State. Otherwise, one is left to wonder why ordinarily easy and righteous reconcillatory steps are difficult for you to take. Rather, you increasingly complicated the matters for no logical reasons other than extreme self interests and parochial repayments for support of your stand, or lack of same; during your National leadership tussle with Sheriff,â€ he added.
Kashamu warned that Makarfiâ€™s actions could lead to chaos and breakdown of law and order in the Southwest if care was not taken.
He said if not that the injured parties chose to be law abiding by resorting to courts instead of resorting to self help, hell would have been let loose in the South-west as a result of Makarfiâ€™s actions.
Excerpts from the letter read:In the present PDP South, in west circumstances sir, you have been unfairly partisan and economical with the truth in your handling of the matter. Several letters had been written to you by the legitimate South-west zonal exco and that of Ogun State. Details of subsisting orders and judgments of competent courts of jurisdiction were clearly stated. It is to be expected of you to have verified the validity and subsistence of these legal processes if indeed youâ€™re law abiding and a leader given to administratively respecting the rule of law. Reasonably, it is upon this initial due diligence that you could now fairly and honestly settle the issues in dispute out of court. Thus, such credible reconciliation could then be filed in the courts as out of court settlement as judgement.
Unfortunately, uptil now, you have neither responded to issues addressed to you in multiple letters nor called the contending interests for the South-west zonal and Ogun State excos for reconciliation. Rather, you arbitrarily in league with your recent PDP National leadership litigations allies; recognised a disbanded South-west exco by a subusisting court order and include flagrant disobedience to court judgements unappealed and recent orders of court illegally chose to dissolve the Ogun State excos. Why didnâ€™t you call the parties in dispute over the South-west zonal and Ogun State excos as you did to those in disputes over Oyo, Osun and Lagos States? Is there no disputes in Ekiti and Ondo states with consequent parallel excos? Why didnâ€™t you dissolve the Ekiti State exco? Is Ekiti PDP exco monolithic without any rancour, the same with Ondo State exco?â€
Kashamu said he would have left the party with his supporters but for the love he had for the party.
He said: â€œOr else, what is to be said of the institutional schemer, legendary manipulator and pathological liar – Gbenga Daniel; aspiring to succeed you as the national chairman!!! Gbenga Daniel that thrives on commission from any and whatever political engagements without qualms? Gbenga Daniel that can do multiple contradictory things concurrently? With capacity to make a U-turn at jet speed of 1000miles/hr without a summersault!
â€œIs it Fayose, the psychiatric political dreamer; unable to administer a state well and yet aspiring to be president of Nigeria against the tide of popular zoning arrangements?â€