Former Senator Buruji Kashamu has berated members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ogun State.
Naija News reports that at least 1,000 members of the PDP loyal to the Kashamu’s faction in Ogun East Senatorial District, on Friday, defected to the APC.
The defectors were received by Tunji Egbetokun, the Senior Special Adviser on Political Matters to Ogun State governor in Abeokuta.
Giving a reason for their decision, the defectors said they took the decision in a show of solidarity with Governor Dapo Abiodun.
Representing the governor, Egbetokun said that the defectors had made the right choice by joining “the progressives”.
Egbetokun assured them that the party would ensure fairness, equity and justice for all its members at all times, irrespective of when they joined the party.
Reacting in a statement by his Media Adviser, Austin Oniyokor, Senator Kashamu said, “I do not have any problem with anyone or a group of people exercising their right to freedom of association but such must be done responsibly and not with elements of lies, blackmail and outright subterfuge.
“Kola Akinyemi and his co-travellers should desist from dropping my name in their political prostitution and voyage of anywhere ‘belle face’. I dissociate myself and my genuine followers from this group of desperados. Their movement to the APC in Ogun State does not have my blessings.”
While admitting that he backed the emergence of the Prince Dapo Abiodun-led Administration, Kashamu said that should not be misconstrued to mean that he had defected to the APC or authorised any of his followers to do so.
“It is true that politics is dynamic. If there is going to be any political alignment or movement in the future, it is going to be a collective decision with the buy-in of all stakeholders. And it will be done openly, not in the less than the honourable manner that these characters have done theirs,” he said.