Senator Buruji Kashamu, one of the kingmakers in Ogun State politics has given reasons why he dumped governorship aspirant, Gboyega Nasiru Isiaka popularly called GNI.
In a statement made available to newsmen, he wrote:
“With reference to the Ogun East PDP leaders’ meeting, I am not the type who would say a thing and eat his words. I never said anything about ANY government, either state or Federal government. Ogun East PDP leaders were meeting and I stopped over to greet them on my way to Lagos.”
“While it is true that I informed party leaders of the claim GNI made to Yayi against me and other PDP leaders, I spoke in the following terms: That GNI is my younger brother whom I love and cherish but we now defer politically. While I respect GNI’s or any other person’s right to be in PDP without being a member of the Omoilu group, I spoke as the leader of Omoilu group and SPBK Movement.”
“I publicly announced that the Omoilu group was withdrawing it’s support for GNI’s governorship ambition. Aside from the story GNI fed Yayi with wherein he claimed to have given me and the party leadership some money in 2015; GNI’s political activities are indicative of one who does not believe in Omoilu.”
“Consequently, I declared the withdrawal of the support of the Omoilu group for GNI’s governorship ambition. This is to enable members of the Omoilu group and SPBK Movement to relate freely with any gubernatorial aspirant that believes in the political sagacity of their leadership.”
“Consequently, I requested all my admirers and supporters to desist from promoting GNI governorship interests forthwith. The leaders present at the meeting unanimously pledged to support my position and resolved to abide by it because, according to them, they believe in the ideals of the Omoilu group as well as the SPBK movement and my leadership.”
“I therefore wish to urge all my leaders, elders and followers to remain focused and continue to mobilise and organise in the interest of our group and party. We cannot wish away the fact that there are many groups within our party. However, we believe that at the appropriate time, the Almighty Allah subhana wa’ta ala will give our party the best candidate that all of us will be able to rally round and deliver.”