By Olufemi Adediran, Abeokuta
The Ogun State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has denied the claim that the party is dead in the State, insisting that the party would bounce back and become stronger than ever before.
The party also denied the speculation that it worked for the victory of the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Prince Dapo Abiodun during the March 9 election.
It was widely speculated that the leader of the party who was also the Governorship candidate of the party during the election directed members of the party in the State to work for Abiodun.
The speculation was further fueled, when few hours after Abiodun’s victory, Kashamu sent a congratulatory message to him and even visited Abiodun at his Iperu Remo residence few days after he was declared the winner of the election.
But speaking to journalists in Abeokuta on Tuesday, shortly after the party’s executive meeting, the party’s State Deputy Chairman, Samson Bamgbose insisted “It (Speculation) is just a mere rumour”.
In Bamgbose’s view, “How can somebody (Kashamu) dishing out millions and billions of naira to win an election agree to work for another candidate.”
“He (Kashamu) is a very liberal guy. Buruji is not the type of person to negotiate with any candidate. The one that should be faulted is Ladi Adebutu who signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Allied Peoples Movement (APM). Ladi Adebutu is the originator of the crisis within the party, not Buruji,” Bamgbose added.
He also denied rumours that the State Chairman, Dayo Bayo had resigned his position.
According to him, “PDP is very much intact in Ogun. People say politics is a very dirty game, but I don’t see it like that. It depends on how you play it. It is a game of strategy. We cannot remain stagnant. There is nothing bad if I am congratulating the winner of the election. We have to move forward.”
Bamgbose said “The only thing we are expecting from this government is good governance. Anything short of that is zero.”
At the meeting held at the party Secretariat, some people were elected to fill existing executive positions.
The positions included, the State organising secretary, State woman leader, State Deputy woman leader and the State publicity secretary.