A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ogun State, Prince Buruji Kashamu, has described ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo as a man who thrives on illegalities.
He also faulted claims that Obasanjo resigned as Chairman of the Board of Trustees (BoT) of the party to concentrate on international issues.
Kashamu spoke against the backdrop of the comments credited to the former President at a purported Ogun PDP stakeholders’ meeting held last weekend in Abeokuta, the state capital.
In a statement he issued yesterday, Kashamu said the Obasanjo’s statement was contradictory “in character, content and form”.
The statement reads in part: “This man thrives on illegalities. His statement is contradictory in character, content and form. Here is a man who told the whole world that he resigned his Chairmanship of the BoT to concentrate on international matters, yet he hosted and presided over a purported Ogun PDP stakeholders’ meeting without the validly elected State Executive Committee (Exco).
“In spite of his pretensions, by his conduct, he has shown that rather than be the father of all, he is the big masquerade behind the crisis rocking the Ogun PDP. It is befuddling how an otherwise elder statesman will reduce himself to a Lilliputian and local politician. Like his contemporaries elsewhere, he is supposed to be the rallying point for all Yoruba and a father figure for all Nigerians.”
Kashamu challenged the former President to point at what he did for the South-West, especially Ogun State in his over 11 years reign, adding: “Now, he goes about throwing his weight and over-bloated ego, hitting every object in sight in his desperate bid to ram his wishes down the throat of genuine and respectable leaders”.
He wondered why Obasanjo has continued to encourage illegalities and lawlessness within the the party by promoting one Dipo Odujinrin and his co-travellers as members of the State Exco of the party “when there are various subsisting court judgments validating the Engr. Adebayo Dayo-led Exco as the ONLY authentic organ of the party in the state.
The judgments of the Federal High Court, Lagos and Ogun State High Court in Suit Nos FHC/L/CS/347/12 and HCL/20/2012, delivered on the 27th of April, 19th of June and 3rd August, 2012, affirming and re-affirming the Dayo-led Exco still subsist.”
Besides, the party financier said the various reports by the Congress Monitoring Committee of the party said the congresses purportedly held on July 28 and August 4, 2012, on the strength of which Obasanjo claimed to have produced an Exco for the state, were a hoax.
Kashamu described the admonition by Obasanjo that party members should abide by the party’s constitution as diversionary, adding: “That advice should be for him because he has been the one flouting the party’s constitution on orderly transition of power and subservience to the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. One wonders what kind of advice he would be giving on the international scene when he is the champion of illegalities.
What we are experiencing in Ogun State is a return to the era of impunity and lawlessness which was synonymous with the Obasanjo Presidency. And now, Olagunsoye Oyinlola is his point man. But thankfully, no one is above the law.”
He urged all lovers of democracy to rise up and prevent the breakdown of law and order in Ogun State “which the actions of the former President might engender”.