Alleged move by the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, to curry favour with Senator Buruji Kashamu and the Bayo Dayo-led state executive committee of the PDP in Ogun State is reportedly driving the party into fresh crisis in Southwest.
According to The Nation, alleged move by the Atiku camp to accommodate, Kashamu and his camp in the PDP, contrary to the position of the National Working Committee (NWC) and most of the party’s leaders in the southwest that he remains expelled from the party, is at the root of the brewing crisis threatening to pitch many PDP leaders in the zone against Atiku.
“Even the blossoming rapport between Atiku and former President Olusegun Obasanjo may be truncated if those urging the former vice president on to support Kashamu succeeds. Like Obasanjo, many PDP leaders in the southwest don’t want to have anything to do with Kashamu. It is important for Atiku to look beyond the acclaimed popularity of the Senator and consider the effect of forcing him on the PDP at this crucial time,” the paper quoted a source allegedly familiar with the situation as saying.
The Independent Electoral Commission, INEC, based on court judgment recognised Kashamu as the governorship candidate of the party in Ogun State, a recognition that is subject of litigation.