The face-off between Senator Buruji Kashamu, who represents Ogun East senatorial district at the Senate, and a former governor of the state, Gbenga Daniel, appear to be getting messier with both accusing each other of corruption.
Kashamu in a statement in Abuja on Sunday said that the former governor’s ambition to become the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) national chairman was nothing but “a mockery of democracy and assault on the anti-corruption war.”
Describing Daniel’s statement while declaring his chairmanship ambition that the best way to fight corruption was not to punish those found culpable, Kashamu called on the Ogun State government and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to quicken action on Daniel’s corruption case.
According to him, Daniel by his statement was making a mockery of the Federal Government’s anti-corruption war.
He said “OGD (Otumba Gbenga Daniel) is like ‘a rotten mackerel’ in the moonlight; he shines from afar but stinks badly at close range! It’s therefore high time that those of us in the PDP realised that the current economic adversity of Nigeria cannot become a licence to take Nigerians for granted by presenting corrupt people for high public offices.
“Daniel’s speech at his declaration for the PDP national chairmanship race was a compendium of mockery of our democracy and a direct assault on the anti-corruption war.”
Responding to the senator, Daniel in a statement by his media aide, Adekoya Boladale, asked Nigerians to ignore Kashamu, who he said lacked the moral right to speak over his chairmanship aspiration.
He said that Kashamu should try and embark a trip to the United States to prove he has no drug-related case in the US.
“We had calculated and envisaged Kashamu as a wounded dog who will do everything to tarnish the image of Otunba Daniel. We sympathise with his current predicament and several losses in respect of his vicious hold on the structure of our party, particularly in Ogun State in particular and the South-West in general.
“However, for the sake of some unsuspecting members of the public who might be persuaded to believe some of the outright lies and falsehood that Kashamu reeled out, same as he had been peddling over the years, we choose to set the records straight.”
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