By Daud Olatunji
ABEOKUTA—THE lawmaker representing Ogun East Senatorial District, Senator Buruji Kashamu, has formally written the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC; Department of State Services, DSS and the Police asking them to disregard his expulsion by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
The PDP National Legal Adviser, Emmanuel Enoidem, had on August 1 notified INEC and security agencies of the party’s recent decision to expel Kashamu and three others, including Adebayo Dayo, Semiu Sodipo, and Segun Seriki, over alleged anti-party activities.
But the senator, yesterday, declared that the correspondences were not only borne out of ignorance but most ridiculous, deceitful and criminally contemptuous.
The lawmaker’s position was contained in a letter dated August 6 and addressed to the PDP National Chairman, Uche Secondus, which was copied to the INEC Chairman, Resident Electoral Commissioner, REC, in Ogun State; Commissioner of Police and State Director of DSS, among others.
The statement reads: “I respectfully urge you to discountenance the fake letter, as it is not worth more than the piece of paper on which it was written.
“Secondly, the National Executive Committee, NEC, could not have validly expelled me and others when there are subsisting judgments and orders of court forbidding them from taking any disciplinary action against me and the others.
“If they had thought through their ill-advised step, they would have realized that it offends the provision of Article 57 (6) of the PDP Constitution.
“It should be clear to all law-abiding citizens and institutions that the purported expulsion, in spite of subsisting orders and judgments of the court, is a stillbirth which cannot see the light of the day. It is an act of illegality that cannot stand the test of the law.
“For the avoidance of doubt, I and the others remain valid, card-carrying and financial members of the PDP. Nobody can take away our rights and privileges because the courts had forbidden the party from doing so before it purportedly moved against us.
“We will continue to operate within the law as PDP members, Senator and State Exco members.
“Finally, I wish to inform you that I have written letters to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Police and the State Security Service, SSS, urging them to disregard the valueless and incompetent letter written in defiance of several subsisting court judgments and orders, and continue to relate with us as the authentic and legally recognised leaders and members of the party.”