Sunday, 22 January 2017

Fayose unfit to be PDP govs’ forum chair – Kashamu

The Senator representing Ogun East Senatorial District in the National Assembly, Prince Buruji Kashamu, has faulted the choice of Ekiti State Governor, Mr. Ayo Fayose, as the chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party Governors’ Forum.

In a statement he issued in Ijebu-Igbo, Ogun State on Sunday, Kashamu, described the emergence of Fayose as inappropriate.

The statement read in part, “It is not that his emergence as the Chairman of the Forum means anything to me. But as a committed and loyal party man, it gives me great concern that instead of taking steps that will foster peace and unity, we are doing things that will widen the gap and cause more unity.

“Those who chose him should have a rethink in the interest of the party that is striving hard to return to power. His brother-governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, whose tenure he purportedly continued as Chairman of the PDP Governors’ Forum, is a cool-headed and balanced character.”

He said despite Mimiko’s temperament, he was considered as unreliable and the party eventually split during his tenure.

“What happened at the end of the day? The party broke on his head when he overreached himself in the South West as the Chairman of the PDP Governors’ Forum at the behest of Governor Fayose,” Kashamu said.
He added, “Fayose had always wanted to be the Chairman of the PDP Governors Forum. That was why he had some resentment towards Mimiko upon his emergence as the Chairman of the Forum in 2015.”

While he conceded to the PDP governors the right to choose whoever they wanted to lead them, he noted that they should have settled for a balanced, more experienced and mature person to lead the forum, not a “divisive and unstable character like Governor Fayose who snaps at the slightest provocation”.

Kashamu warned that the choice of Fayose as the chairman of the PDP Governors’ Forum would further polarise the party and destroy it.

He said, “How can our respected leaders stay aloof and allow this to happen when they are aware of the genesis of the crisis in the party – Fayose’s and Mimiko’s unbridled ambition to impose their will on the party and ride roughshod over all other stakeholders of the party in the South West?”

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