Kashamu
Kashamu

A CHIEFTAIN of the Peoples
Democratic Party, PDP, and the
lawmaker representing Ogun
East Senatorial District at the
National Assembly, Senator
Buruji Kashamu yesterday
condemned the PDP National
Caretaker Committee over its
call on party members to “seek
alternative platforms” to realise
their political ambitions.
He described such a call as
self-serving and disingenuous.
In a statement he issued in
Abuja on Thursday, Kashamu
said, no matter the colouration,
such a statement amounted to
anti-party activities.
He therefore urged party
faithful to ignore it.
The statement reads, “I
read with utter disbelief the
statement credited to the
sacked self-styled National
Caretaker Committee of our
party that our members should
seek alternative platforms to
seek elections as a result of the
pending appeal at the Supreme
Court. Such a statement is not well-thought out, self-serving
and antithetical to the principles
of party politics and internal
democracy.
“The contradiction lies in the fact
that the same people who have
gleefully disobeyed valid and
subsisting orders and judgments
of courts are hoping that the
Supreme Court will turn its eye to
their defiant disobedience of court
orders and judgments and award
them victory. Their latest position
has shown that they do not believe
in the strength of their case or
they were merely hell-bent on
hijacking the structure of the party
or destroy it all together, or both.
“While it is true that a political
party is an organization made up
of people who voluntarily joined
and could voluntarily exit, that
a call to decimate the PDP could
come from those who seek to
lead it leaves much to be desired.
It is most reprehensible when it
is realized that the call is coming
from those who had benefitted so
much from the PDP as governors,
ministers and lawmakers.
“I dare say that their posture has
not only shown their state of mind but it has also exposed them for
who they are. It has shown that
contrary to their claims, Senator
Makarfi and his co-travellers never
really had the interest of the PDP
at heart. They have not conducted
themselves as true party men. If
they were true party men, they
would never seek to throw away
the baby with the bath water.
“There is no perfect relationship
or organization anywhere. People,
especially politicians, are bound to
agree and disagree. We disagree,
negotiate and build consensus.
You do not say because you did
not have your way in the struggle
for the control of the party
structure, and then the party must
be destroyed. We are all members
of the same body – the PDP – and
there can only be one National
Chairman and National Working
Committee (NWC) at a time.
“It is irrelevant whether it is
Senator Sheriff or Senator Makarfi
that is in charge of the party at the
moment. Now that the Court of
Appeal has pronounced Senator
Sheriff as the authentic National
Chairman of our party, the most
important thing is who emerges as the National Chairman,
going forward and the
process leading thereto.
“However, there are
many other positions
that the party can offer
deserving members and
leaders. For instance,
one cannot be a senator
and governor, minister
or President at the
same time. It is the PDP
leaders in our various
state chapters and local
government areas that decide who
gets nominated for chairmanship
and councillorship positions in
our localities. No PDP leader will
sit in Abuja to do that; and no
one should seek to propagate a
winner-take-all situation.”
Kashamu said he was surprised
at the Makarfi group’s call,
wondering what would happen if
it wins at the apex court.
“As a true party man, I have
consistently stated that I am
for Senator Ali Modu Sheriff
as much as I am for Senator
Ahmed Makarfi. They are both
our leaders who have paid their
dues in politics, public and party
administration. Whoever wins the
ongoing leadership tussle should
be accepted by all and sundry.
Today, the courts have looked
at the issues and pronounced
Senator Sheriff as our National
Chairman.
“Since the judgment of the
Court of Appeal, many of
the PDP governors and their
followers who were in support
of the sacked National Caretaker
Committee have since retraced
their steps. Senator Makarfi
and the recalcitrant few should
respect the court from which
they seek respite and accept the
status quo. If tomorrow, Senator
Makarfi wins the appeal at the
Supreme Court, so be it. No one
can ask me to leave the PDP or
‘seek alternative platforms’ just
because the table has turned,” he
added.
Kashamu therefore urged
party faithful to discountenance
the Senator Makarfi group’s call
to defect and support the Senator
Sheriff-led national leadership
of the party towards fielding
viable candidates for the PDP
in the various local government
elections and other round of
elections.
He advised party members
to actively participate in all
the processes leading to the
organization of an all-embracing
national convention (once the
case at the Supreme Court is
done with) where all the interests
of the contending groups will be
accommodated.


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