‘Your Contributions Will Be Greatly Missed’, Gbajabiamila Mourns Kashamu

Buruji Kashamu, Court, Police, DSS
Late Senator Buruji Kashamu

 

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila has expressed shock over the death of Senator Buruji Kashamu.

The Speaker, in a condolence message to Ogun State Government and the family of the deceased, said Kashamu’s contributions to the development of his community and the country would be greatly missed.

“It is with great shock that I received the news of the death of Senator Buruji Kashamu, who served as a Senator representing Ogun East in the 8th National Assembly.

“A politician reputed for his large-heartedness and love for his constituents and his State, Kashamu’s determination to impact people’s lives and contribute to the growth and development of the Nigerian state saw him move to the National Assembly as a Senator.

“His contributions would be greatly missed by his constituents and the country as a whole.

“My thoughts are with the family and other loved ones he left behind at this trying times as I pray for the repose of his soul”, Gbajabiamila added.

PHOTOS: Buruji Kashamu Buried Amid Tears In Ijebu Igbo

A combination of photos from the funeral of late Senator Buruji Kashamu at his residence in Ijebu Igbo, Ogun State on August 9, 2020.

 

Senator Buruji Kashamu, the lawmaker who represented Ogun East senatorial district in the eighth National Assembly, has been laid to rest.

The remains of the late senator were buried amid tears and wails on Sunday afternoon at his Ishopen residence in Ijebu Igbo, a town in Ogun State.

Scores of sympathisers thronged the burial of Kashamu to join his family and relatives in mourning the former lawmaker who they described as a generous man and philanthropist.

A crowd of sympathisers at the residence of late Senator Buruji Kashamu in Ijebu Igbo, Ogun State on August 9, 2020.

 

His internment held at about 1pm according to Islamic rites.

READ ALSO: ‘I Admire His Political Doggedness,’ Tinubu Pays Tribute To Kashamu

Among those who attended the funeral to pay their last respect to Kashamu was the state governor, Mr Dapo Abiodun.

Addressing reporters at the burial, Governor Abiodun described the late senator as a caring community leader whose gestures and benevolent acts would be greatly missed by the people.

Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, addresses reporters at the burial of late Senator Buruji Kashamu at his residence in Ijebu Igbo on August 9, 2020.

 

He said, “He (Kashamu) was someone that I have known for over 25 years. He was a very courageous man … but more importantly, Senator Buruji was a very cheerful giver, particularly to the needy.

“His death is one too many to the cold hands of COVID-19; it’s come as a complete shock to me and we are all devastated by it.”

“He will be very sadly missed by both his biological family and his political family. The Ogun State political landscape will never be the same without him,” the emotional governor added.

Channels Television had reported that Kashamu, a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), died on Saturday at the age of 62 from complications related to COVID-19.

According to a tweet by his former colleague in the Senate, Senator Ben Murray-Bruce, Kashamu died at a private hospital in Lagos.

Against the backdrop of the coronavirus outbreak in Ogun and Nigeria at large, many sympathisers, however, failed to observe social distancing at Kashamu’s funeral.

See more photos from the funeral below:

‘I Admire His Political Doggedness,’ Tinubu Pays Tribute To Kashamu

Extradition Proceedings: Improper Service Stalls Hearing Of Kashamu's Suit
A file photo of the former lawmaker representing Ogun East senatorial district, Senator Buruji Kashamu.

 

The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, has mourned Senator Buruji Kashamu.

He paid tribute to the former lawmaker in a statement personally signed by him on Sunday, a day after the news of Kashamu’s death broke.

“I’m deeply shocked and saddened by the news of the passing of Senator Buruji Kashamu. He was a notable leader in the country and a true grassroots politician.

“He fought for his convictions, for the people of Ogun State and for his country. Senator Kashamu was also a good party man,” said Tinubu who was a two-term governor of Lagos State.

READ ALSO: Former Senator Buruji Kashamu Dies At 62

On Saturday, Channels Television reported that Kashamu, a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), died of complications related to COVID-19 at the age of 62.

According to a tweet by his former colleague in the Senate, Senator Ben Murray-Bruce, Kashamu died at the First Cardiology Consultants in Lagos.

 

‘Be Kind To The Dead’

While paying tribute to him, Tinubu said Kashamu was unwavering in his support for his party, PDP, through all the twists and turns of his political life.

He lamented that his death was a big loss to the larger political family in the country, stressing that Kashamu worked assiduously to advance the political and economic fortunes of his state – Ogun.

The APC leader believes Kashamu represented, with merit, the Ogun East senatorial district in the 8th National Assembly and worked well for his constituents

A file photo of APC National Leader, Bola Tinubu.

 

He described the late senator as a kind and generous man, as well as a philanthropist in his own right and an astute businessman.

“I admire his political doggedness and sagacity, and his steadfastness in pursuing whatever he believes in, though we were never in the same political party.

“His passing has lengthened the grotesque list of important personalities that have been lost to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is also a sad reminder that the deadly virus remains very much with us,” the former governor said.

He added, “We must all continue to embrace all the protective protocols recommended by the government and health authorities, even as we gradually begin the reopening of our economy and return to a new normal in our lifestyles.

“Again, Kashamu’s sudden death has demonstrated the transience of human life and rekindles the fact that death is inevitable for every mortal. As such, it behooves on us to be kind to the dead.”

Tinubu, therefore, condoled with Kashamu’s family, particularly his wives, children and grandchildren, and prayed that Allah would lay his hands of protection on them.

He also sympathised with the late senator’s friends and associates across the country, as well as Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun and the people of the state over the loss.

‘He Was A Large-Hearted Politician’ – Abiodun Mourns Kashamu

A photo combination of Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun and late Senator Buruji Kashamu.
A photo combination of Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun and late Senator Buruji Kashamu.

 

Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, on Saturday expressed “deep pain and grief” over the passing of Senator Buruji Kashamu.

Kashamu’s death was announced on Saturday after he succumbed to COVID-19 complications, according to former colleague Senator Ben Murray-Bruce said.

In a statement released by his spokesman, Kunle Somorin, Abiodun described Kashamu’s demise as one death too many and a devastating blow to the nation’s political family.

“I received the sad news of the passing of Senator Buruji Kashamu today, 8 August 2020, with a deep pain and grief that words cannot capture. On behalf of my family, the Government, and good people of Ogun State, I convey our deepest condolences,” he said.

“His demise further diminishes the tribe of my close political associates. He was a large-hearted politician and courageous fighter for whatever cause he believed in.

“He was not just a loving personality, a generous giver, and someone who lived for others, he was to many a beacon of hope of a better tomorrow. This painful exit is much more than the end of an individual.”

The governor described the late senator as a phenomenon who was faithful to his principles and convictions and even his critics would attest to his tenacity of purpose.

“Our brother and friend was a consummate politician and patriot who will be sorely missed within and outside Ogun State for his larger than life disposition,” he said.

“Posterity will accord him his due recognition for his legacies of service and forthrightness. He was a worthy Ambassador of Ogun State.

“May Allah forgive and admit him to Aljannah Firdaus and grant the family, friends, and associates the patience to bear this painful loss.”

Former Senator Buruji Kashamu Dies At 62

Extradition Proceedings: Improper Service Stalls Hearing Of Kashamu's Suit
(File) Senator Buruji Kashamu

 

Former Senator, Buruji Kashamu, is dead.

He died due to complications of COVID-19, his former colleague, Senator Ben Murray-Bruce said in a tweet on Saturday.

“I have just lost my good friend of forever to #COVID19,” Murray-Bruce said. “Until his death, Sen. Buruji Kashamu and I were inseparable.

“He died today at First Cardiology Consultants, in Lagos. May his gentle soul rest in peace. I pray his family and loved ones the fortitude to bear this heavy loss.”

 

Kashamu served as a Senator representing Ogun-East in the eighth National Assembly under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

He was 62.

He joins a list of prominent Nigerians who have succumbed to the novel coronavirus.

Former Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, Abba Kyari and former Governor of Oyo state, Abiola Ajimobi, have also passed on from COVID-19 complications.

‘A large-hearted politician’

Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, expressed “deep pain and grief” over the passing of Kashamu soon after the news broke on Saturday.

In a statement released by his spokesman, Kunle Somorin, Abiodun described Kashamu’s demise as one death too many and a devastating blow to the nation’s political family.

“I received the sad news of the passing of Senator Buruji Kashamu today, 8 August, 2020, with a deep pain and grief that words cannot capture. On behalf of my family, the Government and good people of Ogun State, I convey our deepest condolences,” he said.

“His demise further diminishes the tribe of my close political associates. He was a large-hearted politician and courageous fighter for whatever cause he believed in.

“He was not just a loving personality, a generous giver, and someone who lived for others, he was to many a beacon of hope of a better tomorrow. This painful exit is much more than the end of an individual.”

The governor described the late senator as a phenomenon who was faithful to his principles and convictions and even his critics would attest to his tenacity of purpose

“Our brother and friend was a consummate politician and patriot who will be sorely missed within and outside Ogun State for his larger than life disposition,” he said.

‘Couldn’t Escape Death’

In a condolence message to Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, on Saturday, former President Olusegun Obasanjo said while Kashamu’s death was “sad”, his life and history left “lessons for those of all us on this side of the veil.”

“Senator Buruji Kashamu in his lifetime used the maneuver of law and politics to escape from facing justice on alleged criminal offence in Nigeria and outside Nigeria,” Obasanjo said, according to a statement signed by his spokesman Kehinde Akinyemi, Obasanjo.

“But no legal, political, cultural, social, or even medical maneuver could stop the cold hand of death when the Creator of all of us decides that the time is up.

“May Allah forgive his sin and accept his soul into Aljanah, and may God grant his family and friends fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.”

Before his death, Senator Kashamu was engaged in a long, legal battle against the federal government over extradition to the US to face alleged drug trafficking charges.

Court Dismisses Ladi Adebutu’s Case Against Kashamu

 

 

The Federal High Court, Abeokuta, on Wednesday dismissed a suit filed by a member of the House of Representatives, Honourable Oladipupo Adebutu challenging the nomination of Senator Buruji Kashamu as the Governorship Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ogun State.

Delivering judgment in the case which Adebutu filed against Kashamu’s nomination, the Presiding Judge, Justice Abubakar Shittu held that the case was statute-barred having been caught up with the 4th Alteration.

The Court held that the cause of action arose on the 12th of April, 2018, whereas the suit was filed in December 2018.

READ ALSO: Court Orders INEC To Allow PDP, Atiku Access All Electoral Materials

The court further held that the Plaintiffs (PDP and its officers) are estopped from relitigating the issue of who has the power to conduct primary elections of the PDP in Ogun State and submit the list of candidates.

According to the court, the case was an abuse of court process.

On the originating summons, the court held that the reliefs sought cannot be granted because the national leadership of PDP conducted its primaries in flagrant violation of the judgment of the court in Suit No. FHC/L/CS/636/2016.

The primaries were illegal. The power of the PDP NEC to sell nominations forms cannot be exercised because of the judgment in Suit No. FHC/L/CS/636/2016 empowered the state EXCO to conduct primaries.

Reacting to the judgment, Senator Kashamu said, “There was no victor, no vanquished. We are all members of the same PDP family. We are better and stronger together in PDP. What is most important is that we are working together, holding reconciliation meetings and strategising together. We are set to deliver the state to PDP on Saturday, the 9th of March, 2019,” he said.

Extradition Proceedings: Improper Service Stalls Hearing Of Kashamu’s Suit

Extradition Proceedings: Improper Service Stalls Hearing Of Kashamu's Suit
(File) Senator Buruji Kashamu

 

The scheduled hearing of a suit filed by the Senator representing Ogun East in the National Assembly, Buruji Kashamu, has failed to continue at the Federal High Court sitting in Lagos.

Senator Kashamu is seeking to restrain security agencies from extraditing him to the United States to answer alleged drug charges.

But proceedings could not go on because the lawyers to the senator have not properly served the court processes on other parties.

In the suit, the lawmaker is seeking to restrain the other parties, the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Department of State Security (DSS), National Drug Laws Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), and the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), from arresting or detaining him in any matter whatsoever or interfering with his personal liberty and freedom of movement.

READ ALSOAlleged N1.4bn Money Laundering: NBA President’s Trial To Start Afresh

At the resumed hearing of the matter on Tuesday, while some of the parties said they were ready to proceed with the hearing of the suit, the DSS through its counsel informed the court that Kashamu’s lawyers have not complied with the court’s directive to serve the hearing notice on all parties.

It also informed the court that the AGF who was vital to the suit was not represented.

After looking through the court’s file, it was discovered that the hearing notice which was meant for AGF was improperly served on the DSS.

Kashamu’s lawyer, Mobolaji Akintunde, described the situation as ‘unfortunate’ and asked the court to grant an adjournment, to allow for proper service on the AGF.

The trial judge, Justice Chukwujekwu Aneke, thereafter, ordered that the hearing notice be issued and served on AGF.

He also adjourned the matter till March 8 for the hearing of Kashamu’s motion on notice and the NDLEA’s preliminary objection.

In the preliminary objection, the NDLEA urged Justice Aneke to dismiss Kashamu’s suit for being incompetent, and for being an abuse of court processes.

The agency also said the suit failed to disclose any infringement of Kashamu’s rights.

The NDLEA, in an affidavit in support of the preliminary objection deposed to by one of its litigation officers, Kareem Olayinka, stated that the law enforcement authorities in the USA were seeking to have the lawmaker extradited to their country to answer charges relating to alleged trafficking of heroin.

It revealed that the US government made the request sometimes in May 2015.

Why Adebutu Remains Our Ogun Governorship Candidate, Not Kashamu – PDP

Why Adebutu Remains Our Ogun Governorship Candidate, Not Kashamu – PDP
Buruji Kashamu                                                                                                                        Ladi Adebutu

 

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has explained why it is insisting that Mr Ladi Adebutu remains its governorship candidate in Ogun State.

In a statement on Thursday by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan, it reiterated that Senator Buruji Kashamu cannot be its candidate in the March 2 election.

The opposition party cautioned the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Mahmood Yakubu, to insulate the electoral body from what it described as unnecessary controversies.

It asked the INEC to obey the judgment of the Court of Appeal of December 18, 2018, and reflect Adebutu’s name on the ballot to ensure a hitch-free and peaceful election in the state.

The PDP said, “The PDP states that Honourable Ladi Adebutu’s name was duly and statutorily submitted to INEC after he won the governorship primary conducted by the National Working Committee (NWC), the only body empowered by law to conduct such primaries.

“The PDP has not substituted his nomination with anybody, and such is not in our contemplation.”

“The PDP charges the INEC Chairman to note that since the ruling of the Court of Appeal validating Honourable Ladi Adebutu as the PDP governorship candidate in Ogun state, no other court, not even the Supreme Court has overturned that extant ruling,” it claimed.

“INEC is therefore compelled to obey the law. It cannot choose for itself which judgment to obey and cannot operate in waiting, anticipation or contemplation of a non-existent consideration in the conduct of the Ogun governorship election.”

The party, therefore, urged all Nigerians, particularly its supporters in Ogun to completely disregard Senator Kashamu and others whom it alleged were trying to create a false impression on the issue.

It insisted that the senator cannot be its governorship candidate, stressing that he is not a member of the party.

The PDP added that Senator Kashamu did not participate in its governorship primary and has no connection whatsoever in its governorship nomination process at any level.

“INEC cannot go to the streets to pick a candidate for our party,” it said.

“It must, therefore, in compliance with the extant judgment of the Court of Appeal, immediately reflect Ladi Adebutu’s name in the ballot.”

The opposition warned the electoral commission that anything short of its demand would amount to concluding that INEC has become compromised to cause confusion in the state.

It appreciated the people of Ogun for their support for Adebutu with an assurance that he would not disappoint them.

Ogun Governorship: Kashamu Asks Supporters To Work With Adebutu

 

 

The Senator Representing Ogun East Senatorial district, Buruji Kashamu, has directed all his supporters and associates to work with the group loyal to his rival, Ladi Adebutu, in the race for the party’s ticket.

Kashamu and Adebutu had been in disagreement over the governorship ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state.

Although the party had recognised Adebutu as its candidate, Kashamu had vowed to challenge the decision in court.

But in a statement issued on Thursday, the senator explained that it is better for the contending groups to work together in the interest of the party.

Read Also: PDP Presents Party’s Flag To Governorship Candidates In Lagos, Ogun, Oyo

He said, “It is true we are in court. But we are hopeful that the issues will be resolved sooner than later.

“However, in the overall interest of the party, it is better and wiser for us to work together as members of the same family pending the resolution of the issues in court”.

Kashamu-Adebutu Controversy Deepens As PDP Factions Disagree Over Authenticity

The controversy between the two factions of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ogun State has worsened with fresh disagreement from both sides.

Despite the recent judgement of the Court of Appeal in Ibadan, the two factions on Friday insisted that their governorship candidates in the coming elections, Senator Buruji Kashamu and Ladi Adebutu, remain the eligible flagbearer of the party.

Austin Oniyokor, the spokesperson for the Adebayo Dayo-led faction, as well as Sunday Solarin, the Secretary-General of the Ladi Adebutu Democratic Organisation which has the support of the PDP national leadership, appeared on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily.

Both men traded blames on who was responsible for the leadership tussle and controversy over the party’s representation in the forthcoming polls.

On the procedures of selecting a candidate, Oniyokor argued that there was no part of the PDP Constitution which stated that governorship candidates must obtain nomination forms from the party’s national secretariat.

He stressed that the nomination form known to the law and the Electoral Act was one provided by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Oniyokor added that Senator Kashamu obtained his form from the electoral umpire and the party’s secretariat in the state and thus, he was the authentic PDP candidate to contest the governorship election.

He quoted the party’s constitution as saying, “Section 25 of the PDP Constitution says that there shall be a State Party Congress which shall consist of (a) the state chairman which shall be the chairman, and the functions of that Congress include among others; to elect the governorship candidate of the party.”

 

Kashamu-Adebutu Controversy Deepens As PDP Factions Disagree Over Authenticity
Sunday Solarin                                                                                                                          Austin Oniyokor

 

 

On his part, Solarin said it was out of place for a group of people to come together in the name of PDP in Ogun and produce a candidate without the consent of the national leadership.

He said, “The primary that they said they organised, they sold forms. Why did they sell forms to party members when they know that purchase of forms was not part of the process?”

“I’m yet to even come to terms that Senator Kashamu is a gubernatorial candidate of the party because even the primary that they said they conducted, he did not participate in that primary,” Solarin added.

Oniyokor responded that Kashamu emerged their candidate after the initial winner of the primary held by the faction, Leke Shittu, withdrew from the race.

He explained that Shittu had written to INEC and the party’s leadership at the state and national levels.

He then accused the PDP national leadership of failing to acknowledge the receipt of the letter.

Solarin, however, insisted neither him nor the national leadership of the party was aware of such withdrawal of the purported letter.

He said, “Maybe he should produce a copy of that letter … and in any case, his (Shittu’s) candidature was not even known to the national chapter of the party.

“That is why I am saying that they are creating a scenario that there is an Ogun State Independent Peoples Democratic Party.”

PDP Rejects Kashamu, Insists Adebutu Is ‘Authentic’ Ogun Gov Candidate

PDP Rejects Kashamu, Insists Adebutu Is ‘Authentic’ Ogun Gov Candidate
(File) Senator Buruji Kashamu

 

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has rejected Senator Buruji Kashamu as its governorship candidate in Ogun State.

It said this in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, on Monday following a rally held by the senator in Ijebu Igbo town in the state.

The opposition party accused Senator Kashamu of being desperate to destabilise it, describing the rally as “the height of ridicule”.

It alleged that the senator held a sham campaign rally, rented an audience and presented a fake PDP flag to himself.

The PDP said its National Chairman, Uche Secondus, has since handed over the real flag to its “authentic” candidate, Ladi Adebutu.

“Nigerians are aware that Senator Buruji never purchased PDP nomination form; never participated in our governorship primary or in any process related to nomination of governorship candidate of our party or any position whatsoever,” the statement said.

The party also alleged that the senator was being sponsored by a group of people as their agent to cause confusion among its members in the state.

It, therefore, urged its supporters in the state to “completely disregard Senator Buruji” and continue in their support for “the PDP governorship candidate, Ladi Adebutu, who is already coasting to victory.”

The reaction comes after Senator Kashamu presented himself as the party’s flagbearer for the governorship election in the state at the rally held earlier today.

Despite a recent court order which affirmed the senator as the party’s candidate, the PDP has insisted that Adebutu remains its flagbearer for the governorship election in Ogun.

Extradition: Kashamu Challenges Appeal Court Decision, Approaches Supreme Court

Extradition: Kashamu Challenges Appeal Court Decision, Approaches Supreme Court
File photo

 

The lawmaker representing Ogun East senatorial district, Senator Buruji Kashamu, has approached the Supreme Court asking it to enforce his rights.

Through his lawyers, Senator Kashamu filed two notices of appeal at the apex court, urging it to set aside the judgement of the Court of Appeal which dismissed his fundamental rights suit on Friday last week.

READ ALSO: Kashamu Loses Appeal As Court Vacates Injunction Restraining Extradition

Addressing reporters on Tuesday in Lagos after filing the suit, the lawmaker noted that the appellate court erred in law and occasioned a miscarriage of justice by dismissing his objections.

He also argued that his affidavit before the Court of Appeal was full of facts showing the conclusion of a plot by the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and others to purportedly abduct and transport him to the United States to face trial over alleged offences in respect of which he had been exonerated.

Senator Kashamu added that the Court of Appeal was wrong in assuming that he ought to wait until the plot to have him abducted had been executed before he approached the court for redress.

He further took a swipe at certain interpretations given to the Court of Appeal judgment.

The lawmaker urged the Attorney-General Of the Federation not to allow his office to be used to punish an innocent Nigerian, in a bid to satisfy the desire of some political opponents or external forces whose interest was to seek and gain political advantage.