The uncertainty which has characterized the governorship primaries in most of the political parties in the country reared its head today as the Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC) confirmed Dr Rueben Abati of the guardian newspapers as the deputy governorship candidate of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party(PDP), in ogun state.
The confirmation of the former chairman of the editorial board of the Guardian newspapers and media aide to former president Goodluck Jonathan, has finally affirmed the supremacy of the senator Buruji led faction of the troubled party in the state.
The INEC letter confirming the candidature of Prince Leke Shittu as the factions governorship candidate was contained in a letter sent to Senator Buruji faction yesterday by the INEC.
With this development, Abatis candidature has revealed yet the fact that the moral crusader has been hobnobbing with the leading opposition party since he left government over three years ago and indeed Senator Kashamu in spite of public image .
The letter stated further that with this development,
‘candidates list of the Kashamu backed Bayo Dayo exco of Ogun PDP has been received and fully acknowledged by INEC for the 2019 elections.
Prince Leke Shitu and Dr Rueben Abati were duly acknowledged as the Ogun PDP Governorship and Deputy Governorship candidates respectively (acknowledgement receipts attached)
Also in the list of approved candidates is Former Ogun state Governor, Otunba Gbenga Daniel who is Ogun East senatorial district and all other candidates for the Senatorial, Federal house of Representatives and the State House of Assembly were equally accepted and duly acknowledged.
Senator Kashamu in a statement yesterday said that “Any rumours being peddled around by our National Chairman and National Publicity Secretary through a purported press release should be disregarded as the duo are deliberately acting unlawfully and beyond their powers to which they’ve refused wise counsel to tow the path of rule of law.
Said he,The guarantee of our democracy under established regulations and rule of law is that no party official, no matter how highly placed could use the office for selfish preservation/promotion of his own interests and legacy at the detriment of the interests and legacy of other party members. This resolve to act with unchecked impunity shall be fully resisted in a fight to finish battle to strengthen our party’s internal democracy.”
Ignorantly, the National Chairman is unaware that where there is dispute resulting into a judicial resolution as in Ogun state matter, the State Chairman and Secretary could sign in place of National Chairman and Secretary when backed by validly subsisting court judgments. Whatever makes our National Chairman to be this resolute at challenging the constituted electoral regulatory body, INEC and also dwelling in nauseating impunity against Nigerian court judgments out of unexplainable desperation to install Ladi Adebutu as PDP Ogun governorship candidate should as well have forced him to create his own INEC and conduct elections inside his office. The PDP as a Nigerian creation by law is for all Nigerians by established regulations and National statue; nobody can as such intimidate us in our democracy.
He further enjoined All the state elders, leaders and party faithfuls to continue and remain focused on the ongoing aggressive mobilisation and reconciliation efforts of the party to come out victorious in the forthcoming elections.