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PDP insists Kashamu not its Ogun gov candidate, dubs him a paid agent to destroy party

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PDP insist Kashamu not its Ogun gov candidate, dubs him a paid agent to destroy party

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has insisted that Senator Buruji Kashamu is not its Ogun State governorship candidate for the coming 2019 general elections.

It described the senator representing Ogun East as a “desperate paid agent of anti-democratic forces working to cause confusion, trigger violence and bloodletting in the 2019 general election and derail our hard-earned democracy”.

The party is currently in court contesting the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) recognition of the faction of the party in Ogun which has Kashamu as its governorship candidate.

In a statement by its national publicity secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, the party said Kashamu “is an interloper and impostor, who would soon face prosecution for printing and selling fake PDP nomination forms to members of the public, in violation of the provisions of the Electoral Act and the PDP constitution, which vest such powers only on the party’s National Working Committee.”

Ologbondiyan went further to say, “Senator Buruji would also face the law for conducting phony governorship primary in Ogun state, with the name and colors of the PDP, an activity which only the National Working Committee has the powers to conduct and which it had done after which it submitted the name of our Ogun governorship candidate, Ladi Adebutu to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) at the stipulated time.

“It is instructive to note that under the Electoral Act and the PDP constitution, only the National Working Committee, and no other organ of the party at the national or state level, is empowered to submit a governorship candidate to INEC.

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“This function has been duly carried out by the PDP national leadership, under the chairmanship of Prince Uche Secondus, upon which strength he handed Ladi Adebutu, our party’s official flag.

“Apparently in the desperation to pacify his paymasters and benefactors, Senator Buruji, in violation of the law, has been going around, causing confusion, parading himself as the candidate of our party, even when he did not stand for our primaries, and threatening our leaders, particularly, Prince Uche Secondus, with violence, as he even alluded in his press statement of December 9, 2018, for giving our flag to our candidate, Ladi Adebutu.

“The PDP has received reports from very high quarters that Senator Buruji has been under pressure from his benefactors at the Buhari Presidency, who reportedly reached a pact with him to destabilize and distract our party with a promise to let him off the hook on his pending fraud case, for which he is risking imminent extradition from Nigeria.”

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