Ogun State politics assumed a new dimension yesterday when the posters of the financier and a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr. Buruji Kashamu, flooded Abeokuta, the state capital, seeking to contest the governorship seat in 2015.
This is the second time the posters of Kashamu, who is also Chairman, Organisation and Mobilisation of the PDP in South-west, would be appearing in Ogun East and Ogun Central Eenetorial Zones indicating his interest in the state gubernatorial race come 2015.
THISDAY cited the posters in Oke-Ilewo, Post Office, Panke, Omida, Kuto, Oke-Mosan, Abiola Way, Governor’s Office among other areas. The posters have inscriptions like ‘Prince Buruji Kashamu for Ogun State Governor’ ‘Positioning the Gateway State for a World Standard.’
However, Kashamu, while reacting to the sudden appearance of his posters in Abeokuta purportedly announcing his governorship ambition, again distanced himself from them.
In a statement issued yesterday in Abeokuta, Kashamu said: “My attention has again been drawn to many posters dotting several parts of the state announcing my purported governorship ambition.
“I hereby reiterate that I am not interested in contesting for any position. Whether I become a governor or not, it does not stop me from empowering my people.
“Even though it is true that people from all over the state have been pressurising me to run for the governorship of the state, they say I have been there for them and the party when others abandoned them; they say even though I am a private citizen, I have touched their lives through my generosity and philanthropy; they say I am the only one who understands the level of poverty in the state and has taken practical steps to ameliorating it. And for these reasons, they want me to go to into public office to better their lot on a larger scale.”
But Kashamu said his response to them was that “Although I love and appreciate them, I am not interested in the governorship of the state or any office, whether elective or appointive,” adding that: “All I want is for me and other PDP leaders like Chief Bode George and Alhaji Shuaibu Oyedokun among others to recover the whole South-west for the PDP, including Ogun State.”
The party chieftain said he was committed to working with other leaders to identify and support credible candidates who can win elections for the party, stressing that “once such candidates emerge, we would roll the party’s machinery behind them and ensure victory for the party.”
Kashamu expressed gratitude to those who have spent their hard-earned money to print the posters, saying, “whether they are true friends or mischief-makers, I believe those who printed the posters mean well for me.”