A chieftain of the People’s Democratic Party in Ogun State and a former senator representing Ogun East, Senator Buruji Kashamu, has reported some party leaders to the Assistant Inspector-General of Police in charge of Zone 2, Ajmee Iliyasu, over alleged plan to invade the party secretariat.
Kashamu, who was the PDP governorship candidate in 2019 election in the state, said the party leaders led by the embattled state Chairman, Bayo Dayo, were planning to use armed thugs and hoodlums to invade the party secretariat .
Kashamu, in the petition, a copy which was obtained by our correspondent in Abeokuta on Sunday, alleged that the invasion was planned to be carried out after the lockdown.
Kashamu accused Dayo of alleged impersonation, forgery, threats to life and attempt to cause chaos and breach of public peace in the state.
Both Kashamu and Dayo fell out recently following the controversial party congresses and reconciliation.
In the petition by Kashamu, nine other party chieftains were listed apart from Dayo for allegedly impersonating the real members of the Ogun State Working Committee of the PDP.
According to Kashamu, part of their offences was that they have been going about discrediting the ward, local government and state congresses of the party.
He said, “Their outlandish claim is meant to prepare the grounds for their planned invasion of the state party secretariat on IBB Boulevard, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, with armed thugs and hoodlums who will maim and kill innocent party members, workers and officials.
“I wish to respectfully urge you to confront them with all these evidence and asked why he and others are carrying out acts of impersonating and fraud with intent to cause chaos in Ogun State. Failure to offer satisfactory justification should make them to be prosecuted for conspiracy, fraud, impersonation and conduct likely to cause a breach of public peace accordingly.”
Kashamu, also accused Dayo of engaging in gunrunning under the guise of being a hunter.
He also alleged that Dayo had hired suspected cultists to attack him.
When contacted, Dayo described the allegations as baseless and unfounded.
He said, “Since the commencement of this lockdown, I have not stepped out of my house. I don’t use thugs.
“I am the head of the hunters in Ijebu and for over 50 years, I have been hunting. When I was in England, I had licence for my gun and even when I returned to Nigeria, I have my licence. But my gun is for hunting of animals, not meant to hunt human beings. He claimed I hired cultists; if I want 1,000 hunters, I just need to call the leaders of the hunters.
“If somebody just wakes up and realizes that the party does not favour him again and now starts to look for somebody to lie against; no one should lie against me. I don’t know about any assassination plot. What he intends to do is what he had alleged against me.”