Trouble in Ogun PDP as major players plan defection

by Kolapo Olapoju


The Peoples Democratic Party in Ogun state is presently enmeshed in internal conflicts and disagreements, which may see the party lose some of its prominent members in the state.

The main character in this episode of inter-party conflict is Chairman of Mobilization and Organization Committee of the PDP in South West, Prince Buruji Kashamu, whom other politicians seem to have a grudge with.

A former chairman of the House of Representatives’ Committee on Aviation, Hon. Dave Salako has warned the national leadership of the PDP to either sanction the or risk losing the 2015 elections in Ogun State.

Salako stated that Kashamu was behind the incessant crisis rocking the Peoples Democratic Party, in Ogun.

According to him, Kashamu had so far instituted over 40 cases in court against the leaders of the party at both the state and the national level, including the one he filed against the PDP National Chairman, Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu.

Salako also expressed his incomprehension as to why the PDP National Working Committee treats Kashamu as a sacred cow, in spite of his habit of deliberately flouting the directives of the party’s national leadership.

Meanwhile, several politicians in the state have begun defecting to newly introduced Social Democratic Party (SDP), and others like, former speaker of the House of Representatives, Dimeji Bankole, former Ogun governor, Gbenga Daniel, and Jubril Martins-Kuye are also believed to be considering defecting.

On Monday, December 29, leaders of the Dimeji Bankole, Gbenga Daniel and Jubril Martins-Kuye groups reportedly met in Abeokuta, the state capital where they discussed their prospective mass defection to the SDP.

Also on the same day, Gbenga Daniel is believed to have held a secret meeting with the leader of the SDP in the state, Chief Olusegun Osoba in his Abeokuta residence.

Other PDP leaders present at the meeting include a governorship aspirant of the party, Chief Anthony Ojesina; a former chairman of the PDP in the state, Chief Joju Fadairo, Chief Niyi Adegbenro, among others.

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