The senator representing Ogun East at the Senate, Buruji Kashamu, who is also the governorship candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) for the March 2 elections in the state, rebuffed speculations that he has withdrawn from the race.
Buruji said remained the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in Ogun State and urged his supporters to discountenance the report that he had withdrawn from the race.
Addressing newsmen on Saturday, he said, “I have never issued any statement that I stepped down for Adebutu. What I said was we should all join hands and work together for the victory of the party. If the court rules that Ladi is the candidate eventually, I will work for him and if the court upholds my victory, I expect him to work for me. But the most important thing is that we should all work together for the victory of the PDP.”
According to him, that is the reason the Independent National Electoral Commission had maintained that he was the governorship candidate of the party in the state.
He explained that the media reports suggesting his withdrawal misconstrued a statement he made last Wednesday.
He clarified that what he said was that his supporters should work for Adebutu if eventually he (Adebutu) won but stated that he remained the PDP candidate and would not step down unless the court ruled otherwise.
“It is strange that the national leadership of the PDP is claiming that Ladi (Adebutu) is the governorship candidate of the PDP in Ogun despite that he emerged through an illegal process. The PDP leaders are the ones making a mistake. They are respectable people but there are no two governorship candidates of the PDP in Ogun. It is the exco of Adebayo that is known to the law and that is why INEC is relating with his exco,” Kashamu explained.