January 11, 2014 – Obasanjo Leaves PDP, Blames Party For Making Buruji Kashamu A Leader
Ex-Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo has left the People’s Democratic Party, PDP weeks after his secret meeting with the leaders of APC (All Progressive Congress) party.
In an open letter dated January 7th, 2014, Obasanjo poured out his heart to PDP Chairman, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur for making Buruji Kashamu, the zonal leader of the party.
In the 3-paragraph open letter, Obasanjo tagged Kashamu a criminal who is unqualified for the position given to him.
Declaring Kashamu as unfit for any leadership post in the party, Obasanjo called him a drug dealer who is wanted in the US.
Read Obasanjo’s quit notice below:
“While I believe that a good and truly national political party must be a microcosm of the nation in its membership, made up of all sorts of characters from near-saints to near-satan, I also believe that on no account should a known habitual criminal that is wanted abroad to face criminal charges levelled against him be extolled as a political leader in a respectable and wholesome nation-building political party.
“ Buruji Kashamu has been so extolled in PDP in South-West geo-political zone which I personally find unsavoury. Politics played by any national political party must have morality, decency, discipline, principles and leadership examples as cardinal practices of the party. I have attached here recent documents that clearly indicate that your extolled PDP Zonal Leader in the South-West zone of Nigeria and an indigene of Ogun State is, to say the least, not a credit to the party as a member, let alone being a zonal leader.
“Since I stick in my practice of party politics to the hallowed and cherished principles enunciated above, I take this opportunity to let you know that while I continue to remain a card-carrying member of PDP, I cannot and I will not subscribe to a wanted habitual criminal being installed as my zonal leader in the party; a criminal for whom extradition has been requested by the US government. In the meantime, I will consider withdrawing my activity with PDP at local, state, zonal and national levels until the anomalous and shameful situation is corrected.”
I see Obasanjo joining APC soon.