The crisis rocking the Ogun State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has escalated as the pro-Obasanjo faction led by Senator Dipo Odujinrin has distanced itself from the activities of the Adebayo Dayo-led executive committee.
Although Dayo, an engineer, has waved the olive branch to the faction, reconciliation nhas not taken place.
The faction is said to be irked by the victory rally held at Ijebu-Igbo by the Dayo executive committee, where a party chieftain, Prince Buruji Kashamu, warned party members to be wary of “gerontocratic politicians masquerading as elder statesmen.”
Since the court affirmed Dayo as the authentic party chairman, the other faction has been meeting, but its members have shunned the party activities organised by the state executive committee.
The party chairman, sources said, has appealed to the Southwest Caretaker Chairman of the party, Chief Isola Filani, to broker peace between his exco and Obasanjo camp.
Kashamu had fired salvos at the old PDP chieftains in Ogun State, saying that they should yield the space to younger elements and serve as their advisers.
Sources said that he was reacting to Obasanjo’s warning to the party to beware of money bags, who he said, were bent on deceiving the people with the view of depriving them of a better future.
Kashamu said that it was laughable that Obasanjo could denounce those he described as money-bag politicians, wondering whether they were not the ones that made him politically.
“Was it not moneybag politicians that bankrolled his elections the first and second time? Was it not the same people he hobnobbed with when it was convenient for him to wrest the party structure from the immediate past administration in the state? Was it not the same set of people that he used to work for his candidate in the governorship election? This is the sort of inconsistency that Presidential spokesman Reuben Abati recently noted concerning Obasanjo,” he said.
He noted that is a wise thing to re -unite the PDP family, but said that the former President should not pontificate on the re -union or how it should take place.
Kashamu said: “it was not in Obasanjo’s place to set the parameters for such because he has continually shown his bias for imposition, do-or-die politics, injustice and illegalities – the very issues at the roots of the Ogun PDP crisis.
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