The Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayose on Monday described the senator representing Ogun East Senatorial District, Buruji Kashamu, as a blackleg in the Peoples Democratic Party, who connived with others in the Ali Modu Sheriff faction to destabilise the party for almost two years.
The governor spoke at the meeting of the PDP leaders in the South-West, which was attended by party bigwigs such as Iyiola Omisore, Bode George, Gbenga Daniel, Ayo Adeseun, Hosea Agboola, Femi Babalola and Jelili Adesiyan.
Apart from the PDP leaders, also in attendance at the meeting were representatives of other political parties, including the candidate of Accord Party for a senatorial seat in Oyo State, Femi Lanlehin; Labour Party leader in the state, Sarafadeen Alli, and others.
Twenty delegates from each of the South-West states were invited for the meeting.
Just before it began, the Chairman of the PDP in the zone, Eddy Olafeso, asked all uninvited members to vacate the venue as a communiqué would be made available.
In a communiqué read at the end of the meeting, the zonal leaders of the party condemned Kashamu’s role in the crisis that rocked the party, calling for a disciplinary action against him over the party’s loss of Ogun, Ondo and Edo states.
According to Fayose, the Supreme Court judgment did justice to Nigerians and not only to the PDP because any democracy without opposition would end up in autocracy.
He said, “Opposition holds the government of the day to their promises for the benefits of the masses. That is the more reason you have to stand up for something, otherwise, so many things will gang up against you. Today, we are in the opposition and tomorrow we will be in government.
“The history of my life is enough for me to know that if you fall, that doesn’t mean that you cannot rise. Today, I am one of the strengths of our party. This party must be protected because we are holding it in trust for Nigerians. Most people do not know what to say because they are frustrated, they are disturbed and there is nobody to help them.
“Most of us cannot give money to the masses and we cannot tar their roads but when they hear the message you send to them every day, they know that one day, hope will come for them.
“I am not one of the people who will tell the APC that it is a good party. They are only deceiving you. The only thing they do is to see that the PDP die ahead of 2019 but the average man on the street can see and they can measure the difference. They cannot wait for electionS in 2019 to get rid of these people because they are tired of them.
“The crisis in the PDP started from Ogun State when they didn’t allow Gbenga Daniel to succeed himself. We thought it was a joke; gradually the monster started moving from one state to another.
“A blind man cannot lead us with money that has no source. How can a PDP member be praising President Muhammadu Buhari and condemning Fayose? I cannot blame him because his family has never produced a governor. Since he went to the Senate, he has not spoken a word. I cannot be in a marriage where the woman is meeting with another man. Buruji is a blackleg in the PDP. He has done bad things to the party and we cannot be with him again. How can he be asking for the party structure in the South-West? I identify with Ogun stakeholders but not Buruji.”
The governor also said he was excluded from the list of governors that visited Buhari in London because the organisers of the trip knew that he would speak the truth about the President’s health.
The communiqué, which was read by Olafeso, called on PDP members in Ogun State to stop all dealings with Kashamu and his agents until a disciplinary measure was pronounced.
“The zonal leadership and stakeholders hereby reject any association with Kashamu from this moment. It is hereby resolved that a special committee be set up at the zonal and national levels to reach out to all those who have left the party as a result of the disruptive activities and sabotage by these characters,” the communiqué said in part.