A Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain in Ogun State, Prince Buruji Kashamu, yesterday (Monday) took a swipe at former governor of the state, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, and former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Dimeji Bankole.
While Kashamu declared that his party does not need an alliance with Daniel and the Labour Party (LP) to win the 2015 general elections, he also berated Bankole for allegedly dropping President Goodluck Jonathan’s name to boost his governorship ambition.
He stated this in an interview with reporters at his Ijebu-Igbo residence shortly after his Omo Ilu Foundation held Sallah gift ceremony to mark the Eid-el-Fitri celebration.
Over 20,000 bags of rice and other food items as well as various cash sums were distributed to people across the state.
There have been speculations lately that the PDP and LP would work out an arrangement to defeat the incumbent All Progressives Congress (APC)-led administration in 2015.
But Kashamu, who is the chairman, Organisation and Mobilisation Committee of South West PDP, criticised Daniel who is reportedly promoting LP ahead of 2015.
He stated that the former governor betrayed the PDP in the past and may not hesitate to do it again if given a chance in the party.
He said, “We don’t need any alliance with Labour Party or any other party in Ogun State before we can win because we have done our home work very well and have put our house in order.
“Let me make this categorical statement without any fear of contradiction that PDP will never work with Labour Party both for the governorship and presidential elections. Let each party test its popularity and strength before the electorate.”
Kashamu also faulted Bankole for allegedly working against the interest of the South West zone by installing Aminu Tambuwal as Speaker of the House of Representatives in 2011.
He therefore warned the former Speaker to desist from dropping Jonathan’s name over his gubernatorial ambition in the PDP.
“Bankole should stop dropping Mr. President’s name. Mr. President has not anointed anybody. The man is a man of rule of law. The man believes in due process; he does not believe in imposition. He doesn’t have anything to do with this. In Ekiti, Jonathan allowed all the aspirants to go for primaries. If somebody should drop Jonathan’s name, it should not be Dimeji Bankole,” he added.
On the August 9 governorship election in Osun State, Kashamu appealed to people of the state to vote for the PDP governorship candidate, Senator Iyiola Omisore.
The PDP chieftain, who denied that his party was distributing expired rice and adulterated kerosene, accused the All Progressives Congress (APC) of peddling propaganda to hoodwink unsuspecting voters.
“If Osun people want progress, they should please vote for PDP because it is the only way to progress and prosperity. We have done all what is needed to be done. I believe that our party will win convincingly,” he added.