The governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) recognized by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Buruji Kashamu, has denied reports that he has withdrawn from the race.
Kashamu, who currently represents Ogun East at the Senate, was alleged to have surrendered his ambition to the factional governorship candidate of the PDP recognised by the party’s national leadership, Ladi Adebutu.
But speaking with journalists in Lagos on Saturday, Kashamu denied the report and called on his supporters to disregard the claim of his withdrawal from the race.
According to him, he only reconciled with Adebutu and told him that they should work together for PDP’s victory while expressing readiness to support whoever the court declares as the authentic candidate of the party.
The senator and the PDP national leadership are battling over who should be the authentic candidate of the party in the state.
“I have never issued any statement that I stepped down for Adebutu. What I said was we should all join hands and work together for the victory of the party. If the court rules that Ladi is the candidate eventually, I will work for him and if the court upholds my victory, I expect him to work for me. But the most important thing is that we should all work together for the victory of the PDP,” Kashamu said.
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“It is strange that the national leadership of the PDP is claiming that Ladi (Adebutu) is the governorship candidate of the PDP in Ogun despite that he emerged through an illegal process. The PDP leaders are the ones making a mistake. They are respectable people but there are no two governorship candidates of the PDP in Ogun. It is the exco of Adebayo that is known to the law and that is why INEC is relating with his exco”, Kashamu stated.