*PDP National Chairman, Dr Bamanga Tukur
ABUJA – NATIONAL chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, Saturday, pleaded with former President Olusegun Obasanjo not to leave the party.
Obasanjo had in a one-page letter, dated 7 January, 2014 to Tukur, said he would temporarily cease to be a member of the party by withdrawing from its activities at the local, state and federal levels over the allegation that Chief Buruji Kashamu, the Chairman of the Organisation and Mobilisation Committee of the party in the South West, is a wanted man in the United States.
“It is an honour that you deemed it fit and proper to intimate me with an issue important to your mind and our party in the South-west zone. It is my wish and prayer that such cordial and positive relationship will continue between your good self; former President and former Chairman of the Board of Trustees of our great party on one hand, and my humble self, the National Chairman of our party on the other hand.
“Buruji Kasamu came to limelight in politics as a result of the role he played in the politics of Ogun state where both of you come from. He later became a rallying point in the South-west following the Courts’ Orders in the series of cases brought about as a result of disagreements among leaders of the party in the South-west, and Ogun State in particular.
“In my opinion, Buruji became a rallying point because of the absence of a zonal executive in the South-west. This vacuum in the South-west has made him the person to whom many members in all the chapters of the party in the zone approach for one form of assistance or the order.
“We came in when we were threatened with contempt of court charges for not obeying the court’s order to dissolve the South-west zonal executive and remove some officers of the party.
“We complied with the court’s orders because of our belief in the rule of law and to avoid consequences of disobeying such orders.”