- Senator Buruji Kashamu says the defeat of the PDP in the Ekiti poll was inevitable as the people of the state wanted to do away with Governor Fayose
- The lawmaker accuses the former interim caretaker chairman of the PDP, Ahmed Makarfi, of encouraging Fayose to drive away party members in Ekiti state
- PDP chieftain, supporters defect to APC in Nasarawa
The defeat of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the July 14 governorship election in Ekiti state was due to the arrogance of incumbent governor, Ayodele Fayose, the senator representing Ogun east at the National Assembly, Buruji Kashamu, has said.
The senator over the weekend told journalists that the defeat of the party was inevitable as the people of Ekiti state wanted to do away with the governor, The Punch reports.
He accused the former interim caretaker chairman of the PDP, Ahmed Makarfi, of encouraging Fayose to drive away party members in Ekiti state.
"The good people of Ekiti State wanted to do away with anything Fayose and that was what happened; that was why he lost even in his own local government," Kashamu said.
“It is not that the people do not like the PDP. They still like the PDP but they detest Fayose and his antics.
“He is cancerous to the PDP and since the leadership of the party could not deal with him, the good people of Ekiti State simply helped us to remove him.
“All the political tokenism of frying garri, jumping on okada and going to eat at bukas are not what would impact on the life of the average Ekiti man or woman. To what extent has he gone to make life better for the average Ekiti man or woman? Has he provided a conducive environment for them to realise their full potential? The people saw through his deceit and rejected him.”
The lawmaker urged the leadership of the party to restructure the PDP to help its chances ahead of the 2019 general elections.
Meanwhile, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Nasarawa state, John Mamman, and his supporters have defected to All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state.
Mamman, a retired permanent secretary, made this known on Sunday, July 22, at a reception organised in his honour by the executives and members of APC, Dari electoral ward of Kokona local government area of the state.
Mamman, while addressing the large crowd said he had remained a long standing “general’’ of the PDP in the state.
According to him, he has joined PDP in May 1998 and never considers defecting to any political party since then. Mamman, however, said the time had come for him to move away from the PDP, adding that the APC under President Muhammadu Buhari was a better option for him.
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