Monday, February 20, 2017 2:45 pm
By Jamiu Yisa
The senator representing Ogun East Senatorial District, Buruji Kashamu, has condemned Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose for what he tagged his inconsistency on Ali Modu Sheriff’s leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
According to Kashamu in a statement made available to our correspondent,“Not a few have wondered why the volte-face by Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti State. Exactly a year ago, he praised PDP National Chairman, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, to high heavens, extolling his qualities. Now, he is singing a new song. The questions are: what has changed? Why the inconsistency? Why the flip-flop? Should anyone take him seriously?”
Kashamu also faulted the decision of the Ahmed Makarfi-led faction to challenge the choice of Sheriff as the party’s national chairman, urging members of the party to support Sheriff to keep the party alive.
He states,“Going to the apex court to test issues of common sense will only prolong the national leadership crisis and make the current office holders to stay in office in longer than they ordinarily would have done, with its attendant consequences. We have election coming up in Anambra State this year and later in Osun and Ekiti states. So, we must do primaries either later this year and early next year. We cannot afford to allow the fate that befell us in Edo and Ondo states to repeat itself.
”The 2019 general elections are fast approaching. We cannot afford to go into it as a weakened and divided house. Like I have consistently maintained: this is political crisis and it is better resolved politically, with compromises here and there. ? Let our respectable and experienced leaders and elders not allow the ill-motivated opinion and selfish interest of a few mislead them to taking actions that will not be in the overall interest of our party, its teeming members and supporters. We have come a long way together. We cannot afford to part now or divide our party any further,” he said.
The senator added,“Let all true party men and women, young and old, rich and poor, strong or weak, rise and rally round our National Chairman, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff and our national leader, Senator Ahmed Makarfi to put the party together and organise a free and fair and all-embracing National Convention within 45 to 60 days. Both of them are our national leaders. They have shown by their conduct and actions that they love our party. They are both fantastic leaders? who have made their marks on our hearts, not just on the sands of time because that may be a fading memory.
“It is gratifying to note that Senator Sheriff has ?once again openly stated that he is not interested in perpetuating himself in office as the National Chairman. He has said he is ready to make the necessary sacrifice to move the party forward. Let other stakeholders take a clue from him and meet him half-way in the interest of the party!
“I urge all our respected and respectable governors, NASS members, NEC members, BOT members, leaders and elders of our party from the North, South, East and West, to encourage and support Sheriff and Makarfi towards the process of organising a manifestly transparent National Convention and return the party to the people at the grassroots.
“Let all those who have ambitions to become President, Vice President, Governors, lawmakers and the like know that they do not need to be in control of the party structure (s) to emerge candidates or win elections. It is a function of many factors and ultimately the Almighty Allah. He is the only who enthrones and dethrones leaders.
“I sincerely doubt if anyone that is talking of going to the Supreme Court has the interest of the party at heart. Going to the Supreme Court will not resolve the issues. Rather, it will prolong them and further endanger the party. Senator Sheriff will not fold his hands and allow the judgment in his favour to be ridiculed. Both sides of the divide will assemble formidable legal team that will want to test the law with our situation.
”However, from my layman’s point of view, these issues have to do with precedents, which cannot be altered, no matter how powerful or well-connected anybody might be. Can a party organ be bigger than the party’s constitution and the laws of the land which set up the courts?? Court orders and judgment must be obeyed, no matter how unpleasant they seem to us. To do otherwise is an invitation to anarchy and a crisis situation just as we had on our hands before the judicial intervention,” he stated.