I remain Ogun PDP gov candidate, Kashamu insists

The senator representing Ogun East, Mr Buruji Kashamu, on Thursday insisted that he remains the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in Ogun State despite the December 18 judgment of the Court of Appeal in Ibadan, Oyo State.

He said the Ibadan appellate court’s judgment was being misinterpreted to mean that the court had sacked him.

Kashamu, in a statement made available to journalists, claimed that the Court of Appeal’s judgment did not affect his candidature, as it did not emanate from a pre-election dispute.

He said the submission of his name to the Independent National Electoral Commission as Ogun PDP governorship candidate was based on the June 24, 2016 judgment of Justice Ibrahim Buba of the Federal High Court in Lagos, which validated the Adebayo Dayo-led executive as the authentic PDP executive in the state.

“It should be noted that INEC, as a law-abiding institution, has since communicated its decision to recognise and deal only with the Adebayo Dayo-led Ogun State PDP executive to the national leadership of our party,” Kashamu said.

He noted that the PDP, not satisfied with Justice Buba’s judgment, went on appeal before the Lagos division of the Court of Appeal but the appeal was struck out on May 4, 2017.

According to Kashamu, an application filed by the PDP to relist the appeal was also dismissed on July 11, 2018, prompting the party to appeal to the Supreme Court, whose decision is still being awaited.

He added, “The purported dissolution of the Adebayo Dayo-led state executive that allegedly paved the way for the ‘coronation’ of the dissident group led by Adebutu and Ogundele as the ‘Ogun State PDP exco’ does not exist and cannot stand since you cannot put something on nothing and expect it to stand.
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