SENATOR BURUJI KASHAMU REPRESENTING OGUN EAST RECENTLY STORMED THE PDP SECRETARIAT IN ABEOKUTA, WHERE HE HELD A MEGA RALLY WITH SUPPORTERS FROM ACROSS THE THREE SENATORIAL DISTRICTS IN THE STATE. FEMI OGBONNIKAN REPORTS
Both political lovers and foes of the embattled Ogun East Senator, Buruji Kashamu, were surprised by the volume of human and vehicular traffic along Presidential Boulevard, Abeokuta, Ogun State, during a recent ceremony to welcome the Ijebu-Igbo-born politician to the Peoples Democratic Party’s Secretariat. This is despite his purported expulsion from the party. Amidst tight security, police traffic wardens had a hectic day controlling vehicular movement.
In defiance of his expulsion by the National Working Committee (NWC) of the PDP, Kashamu, took Abeokuta by storm, and held a mega rally, which he said, was to reiterate his valid membership of the party.
Addressing a crowd of chieftains and supporters drawn from across the three senatorial districts (Ogun West, OgunEast and Ogun Central), Buruji restated his membership of the party and faulted his purported expulsion; insisting that “any illegal pronouncement of my expulsion is a sheer waste of time.
“How can somebody expel you when you are committed to a party? The party does not belong to an individual, but everybody. I want to authoritatively inform you that, I, Senator Buruji Kashamu, have court orders that protect me from being expelled from the party.
“Just as our primaries are around the corner, you should know that the general elections are coming, that is why all of you should go out and mobilise for our party to win in the 2019 general elections.
“I am assuring you; very soon, there will be an official declaration. My struggle at the national level is to liberate the masses from the oppressed,” said the lawmaker.
Buruji stated that he was blessed with a heart to fight the course of the downtrodden, and that his party (PDP) in Ogun State needed a governorship candidate with wherewithal and structure to slug it out with the APC-led administration in the state in the 2019 election.
Buruji, the Ogun State factional chairman of the party and three others – Engr Bayo Dayo, Semiu Sodipo and SegunSeriki – were on July 24 expelled from the PDP by the National Working Committee (NWC).
According to the National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Mr. Kola Ologbodiyan, the four erring leaders worked against the interest of the PDP candidate in the Ekiti State governorship election held on Saturday July 14.
“The party took disciplinary action against the members who have been hobnobbing with the All Progressives Congress (APC) in ways that were detrimental to the interest of the PDP,” said Ologbondiyan.
Besides, the state’s factional chairman of the party, Bayo Dayo made a veiled reference to his expulsion and three others as illegal.
He said the PDP remains a party loved by the generality of the people.
Dayo, however, took a swipe at the National Chairman of the party, Chief Uche Secondus, for supporting their expulsion.
“Today, a man that has been expelled from the party by Uche Secondus is having so many followers. I didn’t come here to share food or money for them but because we have genuine followers in Ogun State. And today, we are celebrating our aspirants at all levels of representations. We never had so much crowd like this in this secretariat; but because our people are very much annoyed over our expulsion from the PDP. You can see that, we are accepted by the people, not because we are sharing money or anything but because the people have genuine love for us,” Dayo said.
Besides, he said his executives remained authentic, insisting there was no existence of any parallel executives in the state: “We are the authentic executives in Ogun State. We don’t have parallel executives. So, we are going to conduct the primaries of the party soon. They are going to be free and fair. There is not going to be imposition in our party.”
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