By Kolawole Olayinka, Abeokuta
Former senator representing Ogun East Senatorial District, Senator Buruji Kashamu has declared that he still remains a bona fide member of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Ogun State and Southwest.
Senator Kashamu in a press statement issued on Saturday explained that his attention has been drawn to a report in the ThisDay newspaper of 16th May, 2020, and several online publications, in which the National Chairman of the PDP, Prince Uche Secondus said he is not a member of the party since he was expelled from the party.
According to his statement, “the party at the national, state or local level is not about any individual. It is neither his private property nor is it mine.
“While it is true that he is the National Chairman of the PDP, it does not make him the owner or sole proprietor of the party who can determine or decide who is a member or not.
“As the National Chairman, he should be a father figure to all, not taking sides with some persons or stoking the fire of discord. At least, I am not one of those who left the PDP to sign a three-year agreement with the Allied Peoples Movement (APM) in the build-up to the 2019 elections”.
Also speaking, about the ill-informed and unjust expulsion that Prince Secondus spoke of, he urged the PDP chairman to go back and check his records again.
He said “He would find that prior to the 2019 general elections, an FCT High Court on the 10th of October, 2018, nullified my expulsion, describing it as “an act done in gross and willful violation of an express order of court made on the 9th of January, 2018, directing parties to keep and maintain status quo and in particular not to carry out any disciplinary action…without first having recourse to this Court.”
He said, the court went further to rule that, “The said letter of expulsion of four persons made by the Respondents hereof on the 1st of August, 2018 is hereby set aside and declared null, void and of no effect, in that it was made in gross violation of the aforesaid subsisting Order of Court.”
“One of the four persons referred to in the above court order is the former State Chairman, Engr. Adebayo Dayo, who is now in league with those Prince Secondus is siding with.
“The orders and judgment of the court have neither been appealed nor upturned. Thus, the judgment remains valid, subsisting and binding on the PDP; any contrary view again will be contemptuous of the court.
“This was the premise on which I emerged and contested as the Ogun State governorship candidate of the PDP during the 2019 general elections.
“So, for these reasons, as a former member of the National Executive Committee of the PDP and an automatic member of the State Executive Committee, I remain a bonafide and financial member of the PDP in Ogun State.
“I take it that our National Chairman is either too busy with national affairs of the party to appreciate the local politics and realities in Ogun State or he has forgotten that the unjust expulsion had since been nullified and does not exist in fact and in the face of the law.
“I have also read Prince Secondus talking about the legality or otherwise of the congresses held in Ogun State.
“My response would be that the matter is already subjudice and any other attempt to discuss it or do anything about it would be contemptuous of the court. If he does not want to play a fatherly role in mediating and reconciling the contending forces, I would advise that he should leave the judiciary to decide the issues.”