There is no guarantee that Yewa will produce a governor in 2019, Buruji Kashamu tackles GNI


In the waves of various endorsements of candidates and zoning towards the epic battle for 2019 governorship race in Ogun State,  Senator representing Ogun East Senatorial District, Buruji Kasamu had declared the Yewa and Ogun West senatorial District of the state as a no-go area in the choice of producing candidates the most coveted seat.


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Senator Buruji Kashamu

This was contained in the resolution of the meeting by some members of Omo Ilu Foundation believed to loyal to the Ijebu Igbo senator from the Ogun West senatorial District, led by one Chief Boye Adesina.

The argument of Kasamu, according to the group is that the Yewa people have had several opportunities to produce the governor of the state, and whichever party that is serious about winning election should take into consideration, the zoning arrangement “under the constitution of our party and the Federal constitution”

Quoting from the Resolution of the Ogun West group which was said to have deliberated on “development of the party in the zone and the 2019 governorship race”, and signed by Chief Boye Adesina, Hon. Leye Odunjo, Bolaji Adeniji among others.

The group insisted that any aspiring politician to any political office, and especially to the office of governor in Ogun State who does not recognise the leadership of Senator Buruji Kasamu is only deceiving himself, while warning all politicians and especially members of the Peoples Democratic Party “from Ogun West that have also been seen attending clandestine meetings with and APC politician from Lagos State extraction and yet come to attend PDP meetings as leaders. They are advised to desist from such acts or be bold to identify with the other parties. It is shameful that while efforts are being made to energise the party some people are busy chasing other motives not consistent with the growth of our party. This duplicity and anti-party will soon be exposed and commensurate disciplinary action taken against those identified”

A source close to the meeting however disclosed that this was in apparent reference to the Senator Olamilekan Solomon, popularly called Yayi, representing Lagos West senatorial District.

According to the resolution, the group maintained “Whereas, Ogun West has yet to produce a governor for the state, and as desirable as it is, it must be done within what is permissible under the constitution of our party” which recognised shift in zoning arrangement as the PDP had fielded Yewa candidates in two consecutive elections and “the federal constitution” which emphasises rotational arrangements as part of federal character. This, another source close to the meeting was meant to send a signal to the governorship candidate of the PDP in the 2011 and 2015 general elections, Prince Gboyega Nasir Isiaka to shelve his ambition as Senator Kasamu is also contemplating going for the same office.

The group further lamented the dwindling membership of the Omo Ilu Foundation, having lost a good number of its members and leaders to other political interest groups, while charging the few members left to “work assiduously… by embarking on concerted membership mobilisation drive” promising to measure members performance based on “funds utilisation” in terms of how many people they were able to entice with money and “growth in numbers”.

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