By OMONIYI SALAUDEEN
A chieftain of the Ogun State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Prince Buruji Kashamu, has denied lying against former President Olusegun Obasanjo. Rather, he said it was Obasanjo who lied against him. Threatening to institute a legal action to seek redress, he told the ex-present to address the allegations levelled against him rather than resort to name-calling.
Kashamu stated this position against the backdrop of Obasanjo’s alleged claim that he (Kashamu) and the Chairman of the State chapter of the party, Engr. Adebayo Dayo, lied against him in a petition to the President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa. The Ogun PDP had in a petition dated January 15, 2013, alleged that Obasanjo through the influence of his lawyer, Chief Afe Babalola, secured an assurance from the Presiding Justice of the Lagos Division of the Court of Appeal,
Justice Amina Adamu-Augie, to rule in favour of his group in a pending matter on PDP in the state. In a statement issued yesterday in Lagos, Kashamu said: “It was reprehensible that Baba Obasanjo could resort to name-calling instead of addressing the issues. First and foremost, it is surprising how my names featured in his vile response since I am neither a party to the suit, a signatory to the petition nor a member of the State Executive Committee (Exco). He added, “The illegal Dipo Odujinrin ‘Exco’ was a creation of Baba Obasanjo.
He was the same person who foisted Engr. Segun Oni on the party in the South-West and imposed Chief Bode Mustapha and Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola as nominees of the zone for the positions of National Auditor and National Secretary of the party respectively. Now, the courts have sacked Odujinrin, Oni, Mustapha and Oyinlola; all because of his illegalities, imposition and lack of respect for institutions and processes.” He, however, commended President Goodluck Jonathan for his commitment to the rule of law, due process and participatory democracy. He urged the Dayo-led Executive to shun distractions and remain focused on effort to reposition the party in the state.