Fayose only daydreaming about PDP VP ticket – Sen Kashamu

Fayose only daydreaming about PDP VP ticket – Sen Kashamu

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The Senator representing Ogun East Senatorial District at the National Assembly, Prince Buruji Kashamu, has said that the plan by Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State to emerge the vice presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in 2019 is not realistic.
Kashamu described Fayose’s moves to clinch the PDP VP slot as mere daydreaming.
The lawmaker spoke against the backdrop of the recent speculation that former vice president Atiku Abubakar, who recently visited the Ekiti governor might have struck a deal with Fayose to make him his running mate in the 2019 presidential election, if he emerged the presidential candidate of the main opposition party.
Fayose himself had recently declared his ambition to seek the highest political office in Nigeria in the 2019 polls.
But Kashamu in a statement obtained by our correspondent, deplored Fayose’s alleged plan to clinch the PDP vice president slot as mere wishful thinking.
The lawmaker predicted that Fayose would suffer a woeful defeat in the forthcoming governorship election in Ekiti, adding that his current plot to install “another of his stooge as his successor,” would also eventually fail.
He said, “Ekiti State Governor, Mr. Ayo Fayose, who was undemocratically obliged the South West structural control, cannot deliver his own Ekiti State, let alone the South West. He is positioning himself as Vice-Presidential candidate after marginalising all the worth leaders of the party in the zone. He is going nowhere. Infact, no reasonable presidential candidate will pick a cantankerous and inordinately ambitious persons as his running mate.
“Any presidential candidate who picks Fayose as his running mate endangers his life should he win. Since he fraudulently took control of the party structure in the South West, what has he been able to do with it? Nothing! He is fighting the political battle of his life to install another of his stooge as his successor, in the face of stiff opposition from within.
“In a couple of months, the forthcoming Ekiti governorship election would put a lie to his claim of invincibility and uncultured disturbance of our political space.”
Kashamu, who also berated the dissolved Senator Ahmed Makarfi-led National Caretaker Committee for masterminding his suspension from the PDP, applauded the party’s National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, and the National Working Committee for their efforts to foster unity and cohesion in the party.
He said that the news of his suspension from the party was not a surprise to him because the Makarfi-led caretaker committee had become notorious for championing illegalities and subverting the due processes of the rule of law.
“I never believed I was suspended for one day. That was why after they made their nocturnal announcement that I had been suspended without any justifiable reason; I went to the Eagles Square where the National Convention was taking place. I got a heroic welcome to the convention ground. Of course, that infuriated them the more,” the lawmaker said.
Kashamu further deplored the roles played by Fayose and the former national publicity secretary of the PDP, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, in his suspension from the party, saying, “They unlawfully sold a non-existent Ogun State PDP Exco replica to our detractors despite a subsisting court judgment. The Makarfi-led National Caretaker Committee really bastardised the PDP in the South West by its dissolution of existing excos and manipulation of state and zonal structures for their allies against democratic tenets.”
He, however, added that the Post-Convention Committee set up by the party’s new leadership and headed by the Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, had been doing its best in reaching out to all aggrieved members with a view to resolving all their grievances.
Kashamu said that the committee had contacted him, adding, “We are talking and I hope that at the end of the day, justice will be done in such a manner that none of the contending forces will be shortchanged.”
He, therefore, urged all the PDP members and leaders in the South West to support Secondus and the new NWC to enable them to succeed in repositioning the party.
Efforts by our correspondent to get the reaction of Governor Fayose’s spokesperson, Mr. Lere Olayinka, proved abortive as he neither picked made to his phone nor replied a text message sent to him.

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