…Hold Unification Rally in Ota
By Gboyega Olunuga, Sagamu, January 12, 2019
The senator representing Ogun East senatorial district at the National Assembly, Buruji Kashamu, has formally directed all his supporters and associates to work with members of the Ladi Adebutu group.
Buruji made the surprise surrender announcement on Thursday. In a statement, the Ogun East senator said it was better for the contending groups to work and win together – in the overall interest of the party. As the saying goes, “united we stand; divided we fall”. It is only in unity that we can stand tall together.
“It is true we are in court. But, we are hopeful that the issues will be resolved sooner than later. However, in the overall interest of the party, it is better and wiser for us to work together as members of the same family pending the resolution of the issues in court. We may have had our disagreements and issues, and have submitted them to the court for adjudication; yet, we have been talking to one another.
“We reckon that whichever way it goes, the court cannot bring about genuine reconciliation and peace. So, we have resolved to be agents of peace and reconciliation. Let us put aside our ego, prejudices and personal interests, and work together for the Party – in the hope that whoever carries the day will work for the Party, its members and the generality of the people.
“It is in the light of the foregoing that I wish to formally and publicly urge all my leaders, elders and supporters to work with the Lado group within the Ogun State chapter of the PDP ahead of February 16 and March 2, 2019 elections. Irrespective of our differences, we are members of the same family. At the end, it is the party that wins; not any individual or group.”
It would be recall that, both the Adebutu and Kashamu had been locked in a supremacy battle over the control of the state party structure and the Ogun State PDP governorship ticket.
But Kashamu therefore urged that the ongoing unity meetings and rallies between the two groups within the Ogun State PDP should be intensified, noting that this will be capped with a “Mega Unity Rally” to be held on a date and venue to be announced soon.
Earlier, the two faction of the PDP in the state held a unification rally aimed at ensuring unity and cohesion in Ado-Odo Ota Local Government, Ogun State chapter, towards the 2019 General Elections.
Recall that the factions of Hon. Oladipupo Adebutu, popularly called “Lado” Group and that of Senator Kashamu Buruji of “Omo Ilu” Group, were fighting over the candidatures for all the elective positions in the state.
Though, the case is currently before a court of competent jurisdiction, which will determine the authentic faction between the two for the 2019 general elections.
However, a meeting was held between the two factions at the residence of Chief Alani Akinde where the leaders, it was gathered agreed to unite so that the PDP could win the two assembly constituencies in Ado-Odo Ota, the House of Representatives and the Ogun West Senatorial seat, which Omo Ilu Faction zoned to Ado-Odo Ota, and which Ladi Faction zoned to Yewa South.
Speaking to journalists at the rally with RegentAfrica Times in attendant, the Chairman of Lado Faction of the PDP in the local government, Alhaji Kabiru Salako said, “The leaders of the PDP in Ado Odo Ota feel that we are one and we can work together. We told our people that we need to come together and we call the rally “Unification Rally. “We want the people to know that the PDP in Ado Odo Ota is now one and we are working towards winning in the 2019 general elections.
“We have agreed and we have signed an MOU that we will collapse into any group that wins the election,” he said. The factional Chairman revealed that the factions would abide by the ruling of the court, which is expected before the end of January, 2019.