By Dirisu Yakubu
ABUJA-Senator Buruji Kashamu (PDP, Ogun East) has denied the claim by former Ogun State Governor, Gbenga Daniel that he sent assassins after him. In a letter addressed to Inspector-General of Police, Idris Kpotum Ibrahim yesterday, Kashamu said “the less than clever attempt to link me with the alleged attack on Daniel’s residence is politically-motivated.”
“It is part of the grand plot by Daniel to subvert the due process and the Rule of Law in Ogun State where he seeks to foist an illegal caretaker committee on the PDP in the State despite the subsisting and binding court judgment which expressly states that the Engineer Adebayo Dayo-led State Exco – which I belong to – should remain in office till 2020,” a part of the letter read.
According to him, there’s no better indication that the petition has political undertone than his reference to the Supreme Court judgment on the party’s national leadership crisis.
“The authentic PDP Exco in Ogun State under the leadership of Dayo has a final judgment and orders in its favour that are yet to be appealed, set aside or upturned. What is more, the orders and judgment are binding on the Police and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) who were parties in the suit.
“This cock and bull story of an attack is part of Daniel’s desperate bid to seek relevance, revive his dimming political career and hijack the structure of the PDP in Ogun State. He merely wants to turn the heat on his perceived political opponent and perpetuate the illegal caretaker in Ogun State. He is afraid that some genuine and concerned party members could resist the brazen illegality and disregard for the Rule of Law which his actions represent being the arrowhead of the illegal caretaker committee despite being aware of the existence of the democratically-elected and the judicially approved Ogun State PDP Exco,” he wrote.
The lawmaker also noted that all the while, he and his group have been law-abiding, noting that at one time or the other, his group drew the attention of the police to acts of illegality perpetrated by Daniel and his faction.
“It might interest you to note that as law-abiding citizens, instead of raising false alarm like Daniel, the Engineer Adebayo Dayo-led State Exco had written two letters dated 14th and 15th August, 2017 to your office wherein your attention was drawn to the illegal acts of Daniel and his collaborators and how they could threaten the peace and lead to chaos in Ogun State, if not checked.
While admitting that though there exist political differences between him and the ex-governor, Kashamu insisted that violence is never an option for him and his Dayo-led Exco.
“Like he said, it is true that we have had political differences since 2009 after working together for some time. Even at that, not once have I been linked with any form of violence. I prosecute my political battles in the court of law and the court of public opinion which he acknowledged in his petition, albeit irreverently. But, I can say without any fear of contradiction that the same cannot be said of Daniel.”
As for me, I have no interest in Daniel’s death or that of any human being. If I engaged him as a sitting governor with tact and intelligence, why would I want to attack or assassinate him now? This was a man who could not stop my election in 2015 despite the Presidential election funds he cornered. He worked against me and the PDP at the poll. Yet, we triumphed. The almighty Allah who has always made me to triumph over my adversaries is on the throne and he will continue to deliver me from their evil plots and give me resounding victory and good success over and above them,” he stressed.