Explains Buruji Kashamu’s Rise
The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Bamanga Tukur has replied the three-paragraph letter sent to him by Chief Olusegun Obasanjo. In the letter, Obasanjo had given reasons that would make him quit activities of the party in all levels. In Obasanjo’s letter, he pointed out that he would not be in a party where Chief Buruji Kashamu, who he described as a wanted man would serve as his leader.
The National Chairman stated in his letter that the party still needs the fatherly advice and experience of the former President especially to gain lost ground in the South West as elections approach in Osun and Ekiti States and also for the party to remain formidable ahead of next year’s general election.
The letter reads inter alia:
“It is an honour that you deemed it fit and proper to intimate me with an issue important to your mind and our party in the South-west zone. It is my wish and prayer that such cordial and positive relationship will continue between your good self; former President and former Chairman of the Board of Trustees of our great party on one hand, and my humble self, the National Chairman of our party on the other hand.
Buruji Kasamu came to limelight in politics as a result of the role he played in the politics of Ogun state where both of you come from. He later became a rallying point in the South-west following the Courts’ Orders in the series of cases brought about as a result of disagreements among leaders of the party in the South-west, and Ogun State in particular.
In my opinion, Buruji became a rallying point because of the absence of a zonal executive in the South-west. This vacuum in the South-west has made him the person to whom many members in all the chapters of the party in the zone approach for one form of assistance or the order.
We came in when we were threatened with contempt of court charges for not obeying the court’s order to dissolve the South-west zonal executive and remove some officers of the party.
We complied with the court’s orders because of our belief in the rule of law and to avoid consequences of disobeying such orders.