Ogun Polls: Adebutu Endorses Akinlade, Asks PDP Supporters To Vote APM

Ogun Polls: Adebutu Endorses Akinlade, Asks PDP Supporters To Vote APM

 

The drama in the Ogun State over who will succeed Governor Ibikunle Amosun took a new twist on Thursday, following an alliance between two political parties in the state.

This comes as a governorship aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state, Ladi Adebutu, declares his support for the candidate of the Allied Peoples Movement (APM), Adekunle Akinlade.

The agreement was reached at a closed-door meeting between some factional leaders of the PDP and leaders of the APM in Abeokuta, the state capital.

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The PDP factional chairman, Mr Sikirulai Ogundele, told reporters after the meeting that they have adopted the APM candidate for Saturday’s governorship election while their supporters have been directed to follow suit.

He commended the leadership quality of the APM candidate, stressing that Akinlade remains the best candidate for the job.

Both Akinlade and Adebutu are members of the House of Representatives, representing Egbado South/Ipokia and Ikenne/Shagamu/Remo North federal constituencies respectively.

The APM candidate, who has Governor Amosun’s backing, defected from the All Progressives Congress (APC) following Dapo Abiodun’s emergence as the ruling party’s candidate.

On his part, Adebutu decided to endorse Akinlade’s governorship bid after he lost the PDP ticket to Senator Buruji Kashamu, despite having the support of the party’s national leadership.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) recognised Senator Kashamu following a series of legal battles over who can conduct primary elections in the state.

In the latest judgement on the matter, a Federal High Court in Abeokuta dismissed Adebutu’s suit challenging the nomination of Kashamu as the PDP governorship candidate.

Justice Abubakar Shittu, in his ruling on Wednesday, held that the case was statute-barred, having been caught up with the Forth Alteration.

He ruled that the cause of action arose on April 12, 2018, whereas the suit was filed in December 2018.

The judge had thereafter prohibited the plaintiffs in the suit from re-litigating the issue of who has the power to conduct primary elections of the PDP in Ogun State and submit the list of candidates.

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.

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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.

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.

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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.

Ogun PDP Suspends Senator Buruji Kashamu

buruji kashamuThe Peoples Democratic (PDP) in Ogun state has suspended the Senator representing Ogun East senatorial district in the Senate, Buruji Kashamu and seven others, by a faction-led by Sikirulai Ogundele.

Also suspended were the factional state chairman, Bayo Dayo; Secretary, Semiu Shodipo, Mr. Pegba Otemolu, Mr Fatai Adeyanju, Mr. Segun Seriki, Daisi Akitan and Bowale Solaja.

In the notice of suspension signed by Sikirulai and the secretary, Olabode Bankole, dated November 24, 2016, the party alleged that the affected persons were suspended sequel to the report of a panel which was constituted in June, 2016 to investigate allegations of financial improprieties and anti-party activities.

However, in a swift reaction, Buruji Kashamu, asides denying the allegation of any financial impropriety leveled against him, also said that no one could suspend him.

Describing Sikirulai as an “interloper”, he said he spent his financial resources on the party, arguing that he was taken aback by the allegation of financial impropriety made against him.

In a press statement signed by his media aide, Austin Oniyokor, Kashamu said, “The alleged diversion of party funds is most laughable because it is common knowledge that I use my personal funds to keep the party float even when people like ex-Governor Gbenga Daniel and Ladi Adebutu left the PDP for Peoples Party of Nigeria and then for the Labour Party, until they returned to PDP in the build up to the 2015 general elections because of campaign funds.

“It is on record that Daniel superintended over the 2015 campaign funds in Ogun State. So, which other funds could a party in opposition possibly have?”