OrderPaperToday – Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate in Ogun State, Senator Buruji Kashamu, has cautioned the party’s national chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, over moves to substitute him.
Mr. Kashamu specifically warned the party to stop blackmailing the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) over his candidacy.
Kashamu’s reaction is sequel to a letter written by Secondus and the party’s National Secretary, Senator Ibrahim Umaru Tsauri, dated 4th February, 2019 and titled: “Re: Final List of Nominated Candidates in Ogun State”, addressed to the National Chairman, requesting the electoral body to recognize Mr. Ladi Adebutu as candidate.
This is coming on the heels of the final gubernatorial list published by the electoral body that listed Kashamu as the governorship candidate of the state.
The party, Kashamu and INEC have been entangled over issue of selecting the authentic candidature for the seat.
But the commission reportedly acted based on a ruling from the Federal High Court, Lagos.
Kashamu in a statement by media aide, Austin Oniyoko on Wednesday explained: “The indubitable fact is that the Federal High Court sitting in Lagos had on the 24th of June, 2016, delivered a judgment in which it directed the PDP and INEC to deal exclusively with the Engr. Adebayo Dayo-led Ogun State PDP Executive.
“This same judgment was reaffirmed by the Honourable Justice M.B. Idris on the 9th of February, 2018.
“These two judgments formed the basis of the 12th of April, 2018 letter written to you by the Commission in which it informed you of its decision to comply with the terms of both judgments.”
Meanwhile, Kashamu claimed Secondus’ letter “drips with the usual lies and blackmail that you have always peddled to obfuscate obvious facts and issues that are glaringly in the public domain.
“Ordinarily, I would not have responded since the Commission is aware of the issues and has the benefit of sound legal advice from senior lawyers and experts. However, since you are not tired of telling lies, I would also not be tired of telling the truth and exposing your lies to the whole world.”
He queried Secondus saying, “if you chose to disobey the law and INEC decided to obey the law, how can you blame me for your misfortune?”