Sunday, January 19, 2014

Obasanjo sends Jonathan, PDP, documents on Buruji Kashamu’s drug case

These are the six documents Obasanjo sent to Jonathan and the PDP to nail ex-political ally, Buruji Kashamu.
In a bid to nail his estranged political associate, Buruju Kashamu, former President Olusegun Obasanjo has sent six incriminating documents to President Goodluck Jonathan and the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to support his claim that Mr. Kashamu is wanted in the United States of America over a drug related offence.
The damning documents, obtained by PREMIUM TIMES, include court papers and proceedings as well as local and international newspaper clips on the allegation made against Mr. Kashamu, a chieftain of the PDP in the South West geo-political zone where the former president hails from.
Mr. Obasanjo had in a letter dated January 7 to the immediate past National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Bamanga Tukur, and Mr. Jonathan, threatened to withdraw his participation in the activities of the party at all levels if it not did stop treating Mr. Kashamu with reverence.
In the three-paragraph letter, the former president said on no account should Mr. Kashamu, who he described as a known habitual criminal wanted abroad for crime, be extolled as a political leader in a respectable and wholesome nation-building political party.
He said the way Mr. Kashamu was being extolled by PDP was unsavoury, insisting that politics played by any national political party must have morality, decency, discipline, principles and leadership examples as cardinal principles.
"Since I stick in my practice of party politics to the hallowed and cherished principles enunciated above, I take this opportunity to let you know that while I continue to remain a card-carrying member of PDP," Mr. Obasanjo said.
"I cannot and I will not subscribe to a wanted habitual criminal being installed as my zonal leader in the party; a criminal for whom extradition has been requested by the US Government.
"I will consider withdrawing my activity with PDP at Local, State, Zonal and national levels until the anomalous and shameful situation is corrected."
The former president sent a copy of the one-page letter to President Goodluck Jonathan, who he addressed as the National Leader of the PDP.
Mr. Kashamu has since fired back alleging that Mr. Obasanjo was crying foul because he had lost relevance in the PDP.
He detailed his relationship with the former president, including how he used to enter Mr. Obasanjo's bedroom and how he donated huge sums of money to the church and other projects the former president embarked upon.
In his reply to Mr. Obasanjo, the former PDP chairman explained how Mr. Kashamu assisted the party financially and became a rallying point of its members in the South-West zone.
Short of begging Mr. Obasanjo not to quit the PDP, Mr. Tukur said the former president still had more roles to play in the party and urged him and other leaders from the zone to build a strong consensus for that purpose.
Mr. Jonathan, on his part reportedly spoke with the former president on telephone.
PREMIUM TIMES has now obtained a copy of a bunch of documents Mr. Obasanjo sent along with his January 7 letter to Messrs Tukur and Jonathan.
The documents were marked serially and packaged to convince the president and the party that Mr. Kashamu is a wanted man with which a serious political party should have no dealings.
One of the documents, a clip of the Chicago Tribune newspaper edition of November 14, 2013, marked No 1 by Mr. Obasanjo quoted the U.S attorney's office as saying Mr. Kashamu "is still wanted on charges alleging his drug ring moved millions of dollars worth of heroin from Europe and Southeast Asia through O'Hare International Airport during the 1990s."

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