… Kashamu barred from PDP
Ekiti State Governor, Ayo Fayose, said on Monday he would declare his 2019 presidential ambition on October 1.
The governor stated this during the meeting of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) South West leaders held in Ibadan, Oyo State.
He said: “It is my right to be President of Nigeria as a citizen of this country. I am educated and I have experience in politics. I am vast in public administration. The people want me. I will vie for the presidency under whatever circumstance. I will contest and I will prioritize the interest of the people.
“In fact, I will declare my ambition for the office of the President on October 1.
“We voted for APC and Muhammadu Buhari to give us good governance. They failed to give us good governance. So we will drive them out of power. The people want a person that will give them good governance. The people want comfort. Nigerians are hungry and are suffering and they don’t want to suffer again. We have to send them packing come 2019.”
He also expressed dismay at the Federal Government’s refusal allow him visit President Buhari in London, saying “the ruling party knew that he would come back to tell Nigerians the true state of the President’s health.”
Meanwhile, PDP leaders and stakeholders in South West have stopped all associations with Senator Buruji Kashamu.
Kashamu represents Ogun East Senatorial District.
He is also the former Chairman, National Mobilization Committee of the party.
The PDP southwest leaders said they have cut ties with the senator.
They also directed the leadership of the party in Ogun State to stop all dealings and meetings with Kashamu and his agents until further notice.
The meeting, which took place at the Civic Centre in Ibadan, was attended by PDP leaders in Oyo, Osun, Ogun, Ondo, Ekiti and Lagos.
Those in attendance were – former Deputy National Chairman, South, Chief Bode George; former governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel; former deputy governor of Osun State, Sen. Iyiola Omisore; Dr. Saka Balogun; Sen. Olufemi Lanlehin; Elder Wole Oyelese, a former Southwest Zonal Chairman, Alh. Tajudeen Oladipo and Fayose.
Others were – former Minister of Police Affairs, Jelili Adesiyan, Sen. Hosea Agboola, Sen. Ayo Adeseun, Barr. Lowo Obisesan, Babatunde Oduyoye, Lekan Opadokun and Engr. Femi Babalola.
The leaders, who condemned Kashamu’s anti-party activities, also called for disciplinary actions against him for his roles in the party’s defeat in Ogun, Ondo and Edo States.
The Zonal Chairman, Dr. Eddy Olafeso, expressed joy at the Supreme Court’s verdict which confirmed Ahmed Markafi as authentic leader of the PDP, assuring that the party’s strength was back in the region.
He commended PDP leaders in the region for their support.
Fayose, who also spoke on the issue, said the party would win elections soon.
He stated: “All people that are destabilizing the peace in PDP, we must sanction them. Nobody is greater that this party. If you call yourself a leader and you are waging war against it, definitely you are an enemy of the party.
“So, our meeting resolved that we don’t want him again in our party. We are not ready to have anything to do with him again. We have directed all the states to stay clear from him.”