Monday, December 16, 2013

I Spent N3bn to Help Obasanjo Defeat Daniel, Says Kashamu

A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr. Buruji
Kashamu, whom former President Olusegun Obasanjo made reference to in
his letter to President Goodluck Jonathan, has described the former
president as an ingrate who used him to achieve his political
Obasanjo, in his letter to the president, condemned Jonathan's
relationship with Kashamu, a man wanted in the United States for drug
related offences.
The former president called for Kashamu's extradition to the US to face charges.
Kashamu is currently the leader and financier of the PDP in Ogun
State, Obasanjo's home state.
In a statement titled: "We are Partners', which was a response to
Obasanjo's letter, Kashamu said the former president had used him to
achieve his political aims in Ogun State in the past.
"He used me to fight Gbenga Daniel and I spent over N3 billion to
fight his cause and took the PDP structure from Daniel and handed it
over to him," Kashamu said of the former president. "He later brought
his friend, a 77-year-old Gen. Adetunji Olurin, to be the governorship
candidate. Now, he is casting aspersion on the person of the President
and my humble self," he said.
Obasanjo had a running battle with Daniel, who was Ogun State governor
from 2003 to 2011.
Daniel was eventually forced out of the PDP prior to the 2011
elections and moved his supporters to the Peoples Party of Nigeria
Kashamu, according to an online news medium, Premium Times, also
described Obasanjo's 18-page letter as satanic, self-serving and
"When you have a man who should be a father figure descend into the
arena, clutching at every opportunity to play to the gallery.
"Who should be ashamed among us? How many former Presidents and Heads
of State would do this? He thinks he is disgracing his people but
unknown to him, he is making himself a laughing stock in the eyes of
the discerning," he said.
The billionaire lamented that following Obasanjo's letter, he had
"been inundated with calls from family members, friends, business and
political associates as to his real intentions.
"In the 18-page letter dated December 3, 2013, Obasanjo called me a
shameless criminal. Pray, why should I be ashamed when I am not a
criminal or the one being looked for, and he knows! They have called
all manner of names to silence and sabotage me so as to take over
party structure in the South-west in order to work against the
The Ogun politician also condemned the former president for writing
such a letter.
"If Obasanjo could write this kind of letter against his own people,
with a view to inciting Nigerians against the man he introduced to
them, then it leaves much to be desired.
"The was the same man who said Jonathan was the only one fit for the
job having been cleared by the Economic and Financial Crimes
Commission (EFCC). He told Nigerians to vote him as President because
of his unimpeachable character and integrity. It is unfair for him to
round to insult the President," he added.
Kashamu said the former president was only bitter because he had lost
out in the PDP.
"Initially, he was given everything he wanted but he was still not
pleased. Now that things have changed, he is grumbling," he said. "He
merely ventilated his frustrations over the new political reality that
has stripped him bare of any claim to Ogun State and the South-west
geo-political zone."
"Ordinarily, a person of his standing should tower far and above such
parochialism. But he won't have any of such. He would rather eat the
fat of the land and still struggle for the crumbs while at one playing
the ostrich. If the truth be told, the letter to President Goodluck
Jonathan is, to say the least, satanic, self-serving and mischievous."
The politician also said restated his earlier claims that it was Mr.
Obasanjo that introduced him to the presidency and leaders of the PDP.
"Can he (Obasanjo) deny that we wined and dined together in the past?
Can he deny knowledge of my closeness to his daughter, Senator Iyabo
Obasanjo-Bello, especially during the events leading to the 2011
general elections? Can he deny that he introduced me to some leaders
of the PDP in the South West, such as the Minister of Police Affairs,
Navy Captain Caleb Olubolade; his Agric counterpart, Dr. Adesina
Akinwunmi; and Mr. Segun Oni, among others, as his political son in
whom he is well pleased?
"Can he deny that he did not introduce me to the former acting
Chairman of the PDP, Alhaji Abubakar Kawu Baraje and other officials
of the PDP-led federal government during the events leading to the
2011 general elections, especially as it relates to Ogun State and my
role in the whole scenario? Can he deny that he openly praised me to
high heavens at various public fora and rallies, including during the
reception I organised for the former Minister of Commerce and
Industry, Senator Jubril Martins-Kuye (JMK)? Why is it that it is now
that he is calling me names and blaming the Presidency for condoning
me? What offence have I committed?"
"I am not ashamed to say ex-President Obasanjo was my adopted
political father and I was also his adopted political godson. We were
partners. We planned and executed many things together. When it was
convenient for him, I was his right hand."

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