The senator representing Ogun East senatorial district at the National Assembly Buruji Kashamu has rejected the one month suspension handed down to him by the National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), describing it as a nullity that cannot stand.
There has been a rumour making the rounds at the NWC on Saturday, at the National Convention of the PDP in Abuja that Kashamu has been suspended for one month.
In a statement issued on Saturday, Kashamu said the suspension coming on the heels of a pending appeal with a motion for injunction that has been properly entered and served on parties â€œis a nullity as it offends the principle of ‘lis pendens’. Therefore, I reject the purported suspension because it offends all known principles of justice and fair hearingâ€.
According to him, â€œThe mere fact that the Caretaker Committee could resort to this last-minute action in its dying hours and on the day of our national convention shows clearly that the battle that I and other well-meaning leaders, elders and stakeholders have waged against impunity and illegality, and for the enthronement of democracy, due process and the rule of law really got to them.â€
The senator condemned the act of the NWC, saying while the body abhors dissent within the party, it is quick to accuse the federal government of stifling the opposition.
He said: â€œThey (NWC members) arrogantly think that they can browbeat everyone into submission and buy over the conscience of our party leaders and delegates in continuation of their desperate bid to hold the party by the jugular in order to serve their selfish and egocentric ends.
â€œWhat is the essence of a multiparty politics and democracy if people cannot disagree to agree and ventilate their views? I dare say that any party or organisation that does not brook dissent and plurality of ideas and opinions is on its way to self-destruct and extinction.â€
He called on party delegates, leaders and other stakeholders to join in the struggle to rescue PDP from the grips of those who want to pocket it by â€œelecting a new and untainted leadership that will put an end to illegality, impunity, deceit and imposition. Today, let’s elect men and women of conscience who will truly reposition our party, restore democracy and make it the envy of all. Let’s show Nigerians that it is a new dawn and a new order in PDPâ€.
Kashamu said despite the purported suspension, â€œI stand by my convictions in the struggle for the enthronement of genuine democracy, due process and respect for our own constitution. I remain strong and unbowed by their anticsâ€.
However, it could not be confirmed from any of the PDP officials Saturday as calls made to several of them were unanswered.