By Kolawole Olayinka, Abeokuta
The governorship candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Ogun State during the 2019 general election, Senator Buruji Kashamu has dissociated himself from the defection activities of a former associate known as Otunba Kola Akinyemi (a.k.a Tonight).
Senator Kashamu urged Akinyemi for the umpteenth time to desist from using his name to deceive people in his “rudderless voyage of bread and butter politics”.
A statement issued recently by Senator Kashamu’s Media Adviser, Austin Oniyokor, quoted the former lawmaker as saying that, “I do not have any problem with anyone or a group of people exercising their right to freedom of association but such must be done responsibly and not through blackmail and outright lies.
“Kola Akinyemi should desist from dropping my name in his rudderless voyage of bread and butter politics. For the umpteenth time, I wish to emphatically dissociate myself his defection activities. His purported defection to the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ogun State and whatever he claims to be doing for it have never had and will never have my blessings.
“I have never had any conversation or dealings with Akinyemi since the March, 2019 general election. If he says he has defected to the APC in Ogun State, he should remain where he is and stop using my name to hoodwink people or score cheap political points. I have always been a leader of the PDP in Ogun State and the South West, and that position was reinforced by my being the governorship candidate of the PDP in the last election. So, no one should use my name or structure to deceive people into joining the APC in Ogun State.”
Senator Kashamu said while it is true that a government has emerged from the last election and all genuine stakeholders are expected to support it to succeed such should not be misconstrued to mean approval or support of defection.
He said, “Now is the time for governance and the delivery of the dividends of democracy. By 2023, the current players would have had their four years and it will be another time to go back to the electorate to give an account of their stewardship. And it is those who have served well or shown that they have the interest of the people at heart that will carry the day.”
Kashamu, who represented Ogun East Senatorial District in the 8th National Assembly, urged all PDP members to keep faith with the party and continue to work for its interest and growth even as it prepared for its soon-to-come congresses.