Assassination Allegation: Senator Buruji Kashamu Petitions SSS

Senator Buruji Kashamu, representing Ogun East Senatorial District at the National Assembly has petitioned the Directorate of Security Services, DSS, over the recent assassination allegation against him by former governor of Ogun State, Gbenga Daniel.

In the petition, signed by him and sent to Thisage, he denied the allegation, stating that it is nothing short of political blackmail and bad blood generated by the tussle for power in the Peoples Democratic Party in the state.

He said; “I wish to make it abundantly clear that the less than clever attempt to link me with the alleged attack on Daniel’s residence is politically-motivated. It is part of the grand plot by Daniel to subvert the due process and the Rule of Law in Ogun State where he seeks to foist an illegal caretaker committee on the PDP in the state despite the subsisting and binding court judgment which expressly states that the Engr. Adebayo Dayo-led State Exco – which I belong to – should remain in office till 2020 (See attached Judgment and Order marked as Annexures 1 and 2).

‘There is no better proof that the petition was politically-motivated than his reference to the Supreme Court judgment on the national leadership crisis of the party which Daniel claimed confers some advantage on him whereas he is actually seeking to subvert the Rule of Law and instigate chaos because the Supreme Court judgment has nothing to do with PDP Exco in Ogun State. “

The authentic PDP Exco in Ogun State under the leadership of Dayo has a final judgment and orders in its favor that are yet to be appealed, set aside or upturned. What is more, the orders and judgment are binding on the Police and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) who were parties in the suit.

Describing the allegation as cooked up by Daniels, he drew the attention of the police to the fact that the Exco that is in dispute had taken to petitioning the police about the sorry state of affairs in the party in the state instead of supporting Daniels in his fabricated allegation.

“It might interest you to note that as law-abiding citizens, instead of raising false alarm like Daniel, the Engr. Adebayo Dayo-led State Exco had written two letters dated 14th and 15th August, 2017 to your office wherein your attention was drawn to the illegal acts of Daniel and his collaborators and how they could threaten the peace and lead to chaos in Ogun State, if not checked (The letters are marked Annexures 3 and 4). A careful perusal of the two petitions and the attached documents would give you an insight into the undercurrents of this unfounded alarm.

“It was therefore a surprise to me when at about 7p.m. on Friday, the 25th of August, 2017, my attention was drawn to the fact that Daniel, … wrote a petition against me and that the document was being circulated on the social media by his cyber team. Not too long after, my Media Adviser, Mr. Austin

“Astonished still, I quickly read through the petition and my immediate thought was to send Daniel a text message : “

“I wish to emphasize that Daniel’s allegations of an attempted assassination on his life and naming me as the prime suspect are unfounded, spurious and tenuous but also a product of his malicious imagination. I have been in Lagos since the National Assembly went on recess last month. I do not have a killer squad like Daniel and my phones/lines and call logs are available for scrutiny.”

“…In the light of the above, I wish to urge you to use your good offices to dissect the issues, claims and counter-claims. I have no doubt that if the issues are critically examined, his petition would be discountenanced as a cocktail of lies, lacking in substance and not deserving of any attention whatsoever”, he concluded.