Senator representing Ogun East senatorial district in the current 8th National Assembly, Buruji Kashamu has written an open letter to the serving Chairman, National Caretaker Committee for the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Ahmed Makarfi over the threat to expel him (Kashamu) and other objective Crusaders from the party on the ground that he is heating up the polity in Ogun State.
In a clearly articulated letter, Sen. Buruji highlights the need for Makarki to rethink his one-sided intention and do the needful, knowing that the office of chairman he (Makarfi) occupies is a temporary phase that will determine his political and moral record for future reference. He also advised the chairman to use the caretaker committee as an opportunity redeem his image and deliver his submission righteously with the fear of God.
Read the full statement below
THREATS OF EXPULSION FOR BEING LAW ABIDING.
Reference to comments credited to you while inaugurating the caretaker committees for Oshun and Adamawa states where you accused me of fueling those who in defence of their infringed rights, instituted court cases in Ogun state against the National caretaker committee. I am surprised that given your status and particularly the temporary nature of your present position; you’re compounding issues instead of being forthright to solve the problems.
If you refuse along with your caretaker committee members, to do justice by inviting the two sides of a conflict to objectively analyse contending matters ostensibly to find mutually acceptable solution, how can that become my fault. It is empirical truth that these court judgements existed before your appointment as caretaker committee Chairman.
Also, it’s on record that the affected party has written multiple letters to you explaining the facts of the case in anticipation of your being equitable and just. These people have also been writing to the police for necessary protection to prevent any negative decision you might take that could result into anarchy and breakdown of law and order.
Unfortunately, you chose to be partisan and unfair to them by dissolving the validly constituted state exco against subsisting judgements and constituted a one-sided caretaker committee populated by 100% of their adversaries – in favour of OGD. Mr Chairman, you seem to be asking and expecting from me that which I have no powers to do.
These people affected, though political allies of mine, are eminent political leaders and important personalities in their own rights. They can’t easily be suppressed and coaxed into concurrence of glaring rights abuse without reactions.
It’s worse when it’s an open secret as we all know that all these manipulations in the mould of reconciliation is to create loyal SW excos for your presidential ambition. The threat of expelling me and others perceived not to fall in line with exco creation for your presidential agenda has become topical in the party. If you unjustly expel us from the party, you can’t expell us from the hearts of our people. Certainly, you cannot also expell us from the courts as bona-fide Nigerians and law abiding citizens.
More importantly, any attempt to expell us from our party for resisting these unfair and callous exploitation of our rights shall fail because all foundation of its illegality and vindictiveness is clear via your actions. Democracy is not about dogmatism; it’s about expression of rights and freedom to align to logical beliefs. All these enforcement of your wish as the choice excos of our people can’t and won’t stand. I wonder why you people can’t use this caretaker committee opportunity righteously with the fear of God. I refuse to be intimidated by nobody as I fear only the almighty Allah; my creator.