The 2019 gubernatorial candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ogun State, Senator Buruji Kashamu, has accused the party’s former state chairman, Chief Bayo Dayo, of selling the party structure.
Kashamu, who said this in a press release issued on Wednesday, was reacting to a statement by the former chairman that he ran out of favour with Kashamu because of his efforts at reconciling members of the party.
According to Kashamu, “To set the records straight, I wish to say that nothing can be farther from the truth. Dayo sold out because of pecuniary gains.”
The statement reads in part, “About four weeks to the end of his second term as state chairman, Dayo decided to betray those he had led for eight years and purportedly sold 65 per cent of the party structure to Hon. Ladi Adebutu… through a shady reconciliation arrangement. He kept the remaining 35 per cent for himself.
“It is this selfish and lopsided sharing ratio that they wanted to use to set up an imaginary caretaker committee. This is the same group that signed a three-year agreement with the Allied Peoples Movement (APM) on the 7th of March, 2019. The agreement is still valid till 2022 as it has not been renounced till date.”
Kashamu stressed that Dayo’s reconciliatory move was not motivated by any altruistic intention but personal gains.
“How can an individual trade off a structure that has taken people huge resources and many years to build because he is a party chairman? Can Sikirulai Ogundele, who is on the other side, enter into any agreement or negotiation with anyone without carrying along Hon. Ladi Adebutu and other stakeholders? ” Kashamu asked.
The former lawmaker alleged that in Dayo’s bid to lure as many unsuspecting leaders and members of the party as possible into his scheme, he allegedly told them that he was offered pecuniary benefits for the project.
Kashamu alleged that one of those Dayo confided in and tried to convince to join him in the venture was Samuel Olayinka Soneye, who in his statement to the police and sworn affidavit in court, he said, had claimed Dayo told him that Ladi Adebutu made offer to him to trade off the PDP structure in Ogun State.
“All these witnesses have voluntarily made statements to the police and deposed to affidavits affirming the above-stated facts,” he claimed.
Efforts to get Dayo’s reaction to the allegation were unsuccessful as his phone line could not be reached.