2019: Atiku Steps In To Settle Kashamu, Adebutu Face Off In Ogun
According to sources, Atiku’s planned intervention is aimed at finding a ‘gentleman resolution’ for the face-off between Ladi Adebutu, the PDP gubernatorial candidate backed by the National Working Committee (NWC) and Senator Buruju Kashamu, who is recognised by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as the party’s candidate.
The differences between the two candidates came to the fore, when they emerged as parallel governorship candidates from separate primaries in Ogun State.
But while PDP NWC backed Adebutu, INEC listed Kashamu as the authentic gubernatorial candidate, citing the ruling of an Abuja High Court.
Although, Adebutu blamed current events in Ogun PDP on the ruling APC and INEC, whom it accused of deliberately trying to scuttle PDP’s return to power, he said his side would nevertheless remain focused and go into the governorship poll to ensure that PDP wins despite the situation.
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On his part, Kashamu maintained that in spite of the shenanigans of the Uche Secondus-led NWC, “I am the lawful governorship candidate of the party in Ogun that is known to the law and majority of the party members.”
The sources disclosed that there is a plan for Atiku to lead a team of eminent party stalwarts to resolve the Ogun PDP crisis not later than this week.
Atiku's determination to ensure a speedy resolution of the Ogun PDP crisis was based on the realization that the party has a good chance of reclaiming the state from the APC in the coming presidential and governorship polls if Kashamu and Adebutu factions can work as a team, considering the infighting currently ravaging APC.
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