Supporters of the expelled senator of the Peoples
Democratic Party, (PDP), Buruji Kashamu, on
Thursday dared the national leadership of the
party, as they organised a rally in Ogun State, to
present aspirants of the party in the forthcoming
The rally took place at the party’s Ogun
headquarters located along Presidential Boulevard
in Abeokuta, Ogun State Capital, with thousands of
party members across the 20 local government
areas in attendance.
Mr Kashamu, a senator representing Ogun East, has been having running battles with his party and was
recently expelled alongside three other chieftains
of the party in the state. Mr Kashamu, a supporter of erstwhile national
chairman of the PDP, Ali Sheriff, was expelled
alongside Bayo Dayo, Segun Sarki and Sanimu
Sodipo; all from Ogun State.
Mr Dayo was a factional chairman of the PDP in
Ogun. He headed the faction of the party loyal to Mr Kashamu.
Mr Kashamu is wanted in the U.S. for drug-related
offences. He has repeatedly claimed he is innocent
and has resisted moves to extradite him. In May, the appeal court ruled against Mr Kashamu,
signifying a possibility he could be arrested, before
At the rally on Thursday, security operatives on
ground faced a herculean task while controlling the
large number of party supporters who stormed the secretariat with placards in support of the 69
aspirants eyeing various political offices at the next
Mr Bayo, who was axed alongside Mr Kashamu, in
his welcome speech, declared that he remains the
authentic chairman of the party. He said the National Chairman of the party, Uche
Secondus ”was clownish in decision to suspend
him and two others”.
”The Secondus leadership is insane to have
suspended us. The leadership is criminal to have
flouted the court judgment which affirmed me as the authentic chairman of the party in the state.
There is one PDP in Ogun State (of) which I am the
chairman,” he said.
He urged the police to arrest Mr Secondus and
others, adding that, ‘his leadership is cash and
carry. I am not a factional chairman. The only PDP in Ogun State is headed by me. We are the only
constituted authority to present candidates for
election, and we shall organise free and fair
Mr Kashamu also spoke at the rally.
I can confirm that I remain in PDP. Any illegal pronouncement of my expulsion
is a sheer waste of time,” he said