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I remain PDP governorship candidate in Ogun – Kashamu



Lagos – Sen. Buruji
Kashamu has urged the National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples
Democratic Party (PDP) to respect the court judgment pronouncing him the
party’s governorship candidate in Ogun.
Kashamu
Sen. Buruji Kashamu
Kashamu (PDP-Ogun East) spoke with newsmen on Saturday in Lagos in
reaction to a statement credited to the party’s Publicity Secretary, Mr
Kola Ologbodiyan, that the PDP would only recognise Mr Ladi Adebutu as
candidate.
Both Adebutu, a member of the House of Representatives, and Kashamu had
been locked in litigation over the party’s ticket as they both emerged
from two parallel congresses.
But the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had on Jan. 17
published the names of National Assembly candidates who belong to the
Bayo Dayo-led state executive as the right PDP candidates in Ogun.
Kashamu emerged from the congress conducted by the Dayo-led group while
Adebutu emerged from the congress conducted by the Sikirulai
Ogundele-led faction and backed by the NWC.
Mr Festus Okoye, INEC National Commissioner for Information, Media and
Voter Education, had said on Wednesday in Abeokuta that the commission
published candidates in Kashamu’s camp in compliance with a subsisting
court judgment pronouncing them as the right candidates.
“Our position is that INEC received judgment of properly constituted
courts of law and we have given effect to the judgment we have.
“The judgment asked us to recognise the list of candidates submitted by a
faction of PDP in Ogun State.
“We have recognised candidates submitted by that political party and we
have published the names recognised by the courts,’’ he said.
Ologbodiyan, however, told newsmen in Abuja on Thursday that Adebutu
remained the candidate of the party inspite of INEC’s publication of
names in the Kashamu group.
He said Adebutu was duly nominated by the party and asked INEC to name
Adebutu instead of Kashamu as candidate.
“The PDP charges INEC Chairman to note that since the ruling of the
Court of Appeal validating Adebutu as the PDP governorship candidate in
Ogun State, no other court had overturned the extant ruling.
“INEC is therefore compelled to obey the law. It cannot choose to obey
and cannot operate in waiting, anticipation and contemplation of a
non-existent consideration in the conduct of the Ogun state governorship
election,” he said.
But reacting, Kashamu said he remained the governorship candidate of the
party as declared by a Federal High Court in Abuja on Jan.14, insisting
that the verdict was binding on the party and INEC.
He said the judgment had not been vacated by any court and that INEC had
acted according to the law by recognising only the results of the
congress that produced him as candidate.
Kashamu said the Court of Appeal judgment that the NWC was latching on
was not about the list of candidates nor was it related to pre-election
matters.
“I am the lawful governorship candidate of the PDP in Ogun State for
now. I am the candidate known to the law and the majority of party
leaders and members.
“I am God’s candidate and the candidate of the masses.

Read more at: https://www.vanguardngr.com/2019/01/i-remain-pdp-governorship-candidate-in-ogun-kashamu/
Lagos – Sen. Buruji
Kashamu has urged the National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples
Democratic Party (PDP) to respect the court judgment pronouncing him the
party’s governorship candidate in Ogun.
Kashamu
Sen. Buruji Kashamu
Kashamu (PDP-Ogun East) spoke with newsmen on Saturday in Lagos in
reaction to a statement credited to the party’s Publicity Secretary, Mr
Kola Ologbodiyan, that the PDP would only recognise Mr Ladi Adebutu as
candidate.
Both Adebutu, a member of the House of Representatives, and Kashamu had
been locked in litigation over the party’s ticket as they both emerged
from two parallel congresses.
But the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had on Jan. 17
published the names of National Assembly candidates who belong to the
Bayo Dayo-led state executive as the right PDP candidates in Ogun.
Kashamu emerged from the congress conducted by the Dayo-led group while
Adebutu emerged from the congress conducted by the Sikirulai
Ogundele-led faction and backed by the NWC.
Mr Festus Okoye, INEC National Commissioner for Information, Media and
Voter Education, had said on Wednesday in Abeokuta that the commission
published candidates in Kashamu’s camp in compliance with a subsisting
court judgment pronouncing them as the right candidates.
“Our position is that INEC received judgment of properly constituted
courts of law and we have given effect to the judgment we have.
“The judgment asked us to recognise the list of candidates submitted by a
faction of PDP in Ogun State.
“We have recognised candidates submitted by that political party and we
have published the names recognised by the courts,’’ he said.
Ologbodiyan, however, told newsmen in Abuja on Thursday that Adebutu
remained the candidate of the party inspite of INEC’s publication of
names in the Kashamu group.
He said Adebutu was duly nominated by the party and asked INEC to name
Adebutu instead of Kashamu as candidate.
“The PDP charges INEC Chairman to note that since the ruling of the
Court of Appeal validating Adebutu as the PDP governorship candidate in
Ogun State, no other court had overturned the extant ruling.
“INEC is therefore compelled to obey the law. It cannot choose to obey
and cannot operate in waiting, anticipation and contemplation of a
non-existent consideration in the conduct of the Ogun state governorship
election,” he said.
But reacting, Kashamu said he remained the governorship candidate of the
party as declared by a Federal High Court in Abuja on Jan.14, insisting
that the verdict was binding on the party and INEC.
He said the judgment had not been vacated by any court and that INEC had
acted according to the law by recognising only the results of the
congress that produced him as candidate.
Kashamu said the Court of Appeal judgment that the NWC was latching on
was not about the list of candidates nor was it related to pre-election
matters.
“I am the lawful governorship candidate of the PDP in Ogun State for
now. I am the candidate known to the law and the majority of party
leaders and members.
“I am God’s candidate and the candidate of the masses.
“In a case filed by Ladi Adebutu himself, the FCT High Court on the 14th
of January, 2019, held that that though the national leadership of the
PDP is the right body to conduct primaries, it was done in flagrant
disobedience of subsisting court judgment in our favour.
“I have all along been constrained by the commendable interventions of
some of our well-informed and worthy national leaders from these
embarrassing antics of the national leadership of PDP to openly
challenge the supremacy of the rule of law in their handling of the Ogun
State PDP matter.
“However, Thursday’s press conference of fallacy by the National
Publicity Secretary of the PDP makes these clarifications unavoidable.
“It is also expedient to refer to the findings of the Court of Appeal at
page12 of the judgment wherein the court held as follows:
“The action instituted at the lower court is also not in respect of
selection or nomination of candidates to represent the first appellant
at an election nor is it a complaint against any election decision or
activity of INEC (10th respondent).
“It is in my view, simply an inter-party dispute between two factions of
the party as to which of the factions is the legitimate state executive
of the PDP in the state.
“ This appeal is therefore not in respect of any pre-election matter.
“The findings and decision of the Court of Appeal in the judgment of 18
December, 2018 clearly shows that the subject of the said appeal was
neither related to pre-election issues nor the nomination of candidates
to represent Ogun PDP at the election,’’ he said.
He said the party was committing an illegality by its continued support
for Adebutu as well as promoting impunity.
“What the NWC is doing is sending bad signals. It is clear impunity.
There was a judgment and the judgment had not been set aside. On what
are you claiming Adebutu is the candidate?
“They talk of guidelines. Are guidelines superior to the constitution on
which the court gave a judgment in our favour?
“ The people are after their pecuniary interests and that is why they
are twisting everything.
“I urge our people in Ogun not to be distracted by all these they are
saying. They should stay with the law and the truth, by God’s grace, we
will win in the election,’’ he said.
He said Adebutu was committing clear illegality by parading himself as
candidate and holding campaigns.
Kashamu expressed the hope that the disagreements in the party as well
as the issues surrounding the governorship ticket would be resolved
amicably or finally determined through legal means.
He said he would support PDP and work for the interests of the party at
the end of the day.
On his plans for the state, Kashamu said he would bring about rapid
infrastructural development of the state if elected as governor.
He added that he would grant councils in the state full financial
autonomy to fast track grassroots development.
Kashamu said he was in the governorship race to disrupt the narrative of
under-development and urged the people to give him the necessary
support.
Also speaking, Kashamu’s running mate and a former presidential
spokesman, Dr Reuben Abati, said he found it hard to believe that
anybody would say Adebutu was the party’s candidate.
He said the law backed Kashamu as the genuine candidate and called on
all party men to support him and Kashamu to reposition the state (NAN)

Read more at: https://www.vanguardngr.com/2019/01/i-remain-pdp-governorship-candidate-in-ogun-kashamu/
Lagos – Sen. Buruji
Kashamu has urged the National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples
Democratic Party (PDP) to respect the court judgment pronouncing him the
party’s governorship candidate in Ogun.
Kashamu
Sen. Buruji Kashamu
Kashamu (PDP-Ogun East) spoke with newsmen on Saturday in Lagos in
reaction to a statement credited to the party’s Publicity Secretary, Mr
Kola Ologbodiyan, that the PDP would only recognise Mr Ladi Adebutu as
candidate.
Both Adebutu, a member of the House of Representatives, and Kashamu had
been locked in litigation over the party’s ticket as they both emerged
from two parallel congresses.
But the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had on Jan. 17
published the names of National Assembly candidates who belong to the
Bayo Dayo-led state executive as the right PDP candidates in Ogun.
Kashamu emerged from the congress conducted by the Dayo-led group while
Adebutu emerged from the congress conducted by the Sikirulai
Ogundele-led faction and backed by the NWC.
Mr Festus Okoye, INEC National Commissioner for Information, Media and
Voter Education, had said on Wednesday in Abeokuta that the commission
published candidates in Kashamu’s camp in compliance with a subsisting
court judgment pronouncing them as the right candidates.
“Our position is that INEC received judgment of properly constituted
courts of law and we have given effect to the judgment we have.
“The judgment asked us to recognise the list of candidates submitted by a
faction of PDP in Ogun State.
“We have recognised candidates submitted by that political party and we
have published the names recognised by the courts,’’ he said.
Ologbodiyan, however, told newsmen in Abuja on Thursday that Adebutu
remained the candidate of the party inspite of INEC’s publication of
names in the Kashamu group.
He said Adebutu was duly nominated by the party and asked INEC to name
Adebutu instead of Kashamu as candidate.
“The PDP charges INEC Chairman to note that since the ruling of the
Court of Appeal validating Adebutu as the PDP governorship candidate in
Ogun State, no other court had overturned the extant ruling.
“INEC is therefore compelled to obey the law. It cannot choose to obey
and cannot operate in waiting, anticipation and contemplation of a
non-existent consideration in the conduct of the Ogun state governorship
election,” he said.
But reacting, Kashamu said he remained the governorship candidate of the
party as declared by a Federal High Court in Abuja on Jan.14, insisting
that the verdict was binding on the party and INEC.
He said the judgment had not been vacated by any court and that INEC had
acted according to the law by recognising only the results of the
congress that produced him as candidate.
Kashamu said the Court of Appeal judgment that the NWC was latching on
was not about the list of candidates nor was it related to pre-election
matters.
“I am the lawful governorship candidate of the PDP in Ogun State for
now. I am the candidate known to the law and the majority of party
leaders and members.
“I am God’s candidate and the candidate of the masses.
“In a case filed by Ladi Adebutu himself, the FCT High Court on the 14th
of January, 2019, held that that though the national leadership of the
PDP is the right body to conduct primaries, it was done in flagrant
disobedience of subsisting court judgment in our favour.
“I have all along been constrained by the commendable interventions of
some of our well-informed and worthy national leaders from these
embarrassing antics of the national leadership of PDP to openly
challenge the supremacy of the rule of law in their handling of the Ogun
State PDP matter.
“However, Thursday’s press conference of fallacy by the National
Publicity Secretary of the PDP makes these clarifications unavoidable.
“It is also expedient to refer to the findings of the Court of Appeal at
page12 of the judgment wherein the court held as follows:
“The action instituted at the lower court is also not in respect of
selection or nomination of candidates to represent the first appellant
at an election nor is it a complaint against any election decision or
activity of INEC (10th respondent).
“It is in my view, simply an inter-party dispute between two factions of
the party as to which of the factions is the legitimate state executive
of the PDP in the state.
“ This appeal is therefore not in respect of any pre-election matter.
“The findings and decision of the Court of Appeal in the judgment of 18
December, 2018 clearly shows that the subject of the said appeal was
neither related to pre-election issues nor the nomination of candidates
to represent Ogun PDP at the election,’’ he said.
He said the party was committing an illegality by its continued support
for Adebutu as well as promoting impunity.
“What the NWC is doing is sending bad signals. It is clear impunity.
There was a judgment and the judgment had not been set aside. On what
are you claiming Adebutu is the candidate?
“They talk of guidelines. Are guidelines superior to the constitution on
which the court gave a judgment in our favour?
“ The people are after their pecuniary interests and that is why they
are twisting everything.
“I urge our people in Ogun not to be distracted by all these they are
saying. They should stay with the law and the truth, by God’s grace, we
will win in the election,’’ he said.
He said Adebutu was committing clear illegality by parading himself as
candidate and holding campaigns.
Kashamu expressed the hope that the disagreements in the party as well
as the issues surrounding the governorship ticket would be resolved
amicably or finally determined through legal means.
He said he would support PDP and work for the interests of the party at
the end of the day.
On his plans for the state, Kashamu said he would bring about rapid
infrastructural development of the state if elected as governor.
He added that he would grant councils in the state full financial
autonomy to fast track grassroots development.
Kashamu said he was in the governorship race to disrupt the narrative of
under-development and urged the people to give him the necessary
support.
Also speaking, Kashamu’s running mate and a former presidential
spokesman, Dr Reuben Abati, said he found it hard to believe that
anybody would say Adebutu was the party’s candidate.
He said the law backed Kashamu as the genuine candidate and called on
all party men to support him and Kashamu to reposition the state (NAN)

Read more at: https://www.vanguardngr.com/2019/01/i-remain-pdp-governorship-candidate-in-ogun-kashamu/
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