Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Governorship candidate in Ogun State, Senator Buruji Kashamu has accused the party’s national chairman, Prince Uche Secondus of blackmailing Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and misleading voters over status of governorship candidate in the state.
Apparently reacting to a letter written by PDP national chairman, Secondus and the party’s National Secretary, Senator Ibrahim Umaru Tsauri to INEC wherein PDP ordered INEC to recognize Hon. Ladi Adebutu as the party’s governorship candidate, Kashamu described the letter as a deceit and ploy that would fail.
In a statement issued yesterday in Abeokuta, the state capital by his media aide, Austin Oniyokor, Kashamu said the letter was nothing but a tissue of lies meant to blackmail the national electoral body.
In the letter dated 4th February, 2019 and titled: “Re: Final List of Nominated Candidates in Ogun State” addressed to the National Chairman, Kashamu accused Secondus of twisting facts with a view to blackmailing INEC.
He explained that the Secondus’ letter, “drips with the usual lies and blackmail that you have always peddled to obfuscate obvious facts and issues that are glaringly in the public domain.
“Ordinarily, I would not have responded since the Commission is aware of the issues and has the benefit of sound legal advice from senior lawyers and experts. However, since you are not tired of telling lies, I would also not be tired of telling the truth and exposing your lies to the whole world.”
Going into the genesis of the crisis, Kashamu said, “The indubitable fact is that the Federal High Court sitting in Lagos had on the 24th of June, 2016, delivered a judgment in which it directed the PDP and INEC to deal exclusively with the Engr. Adebayo Dayo-led Ogun State PDP Executive.
“This same judgment was reaffirmed by the Honourable Justice M.B. Idris on the 9th of February, 2018.
“These two judgments formed the basis of the 12th of April, 2018 letter written to you by the Commission in which it informed you of its decision to comply with the terms of both judgments.”
Kashamu said despite the judgments and INEC’s position, the PDP leadership under Secondus opted to act contrary to the position of the law by supporting an illegal executive in the state.
“If you chose to disobey the law and INEC decided to obey the law, how can you blame me for your misfortune?” Kashamu asked Secondus.