The Senator representing Ogun East Senatorial District, Buruji Kashamu, has told the Chairman, National Caretaker Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ahmed Makarfi, to stop threatening him with expulsion.
Makarfi had on Wednesday threatened to sanction Kashamu and other PDP members that had taken the party to court.
But in a statement released immediately after Makarfi's comments, Kashamu insisted that he has done nothing to warrant the comments.
He said: “Reference to comments credited to you while inaugurating the caretaker committees for Osun and Adamawa States where you accused me of fueling those who, in defence of their infringed rights, instituted court cases in Ogun State against the party. I am surprised that given your status and particularly the temporary nature of your present position; you are compounding issues instead of being forthright to solve the problems.
“If you refuse along with your caretaker committee members to do justice by inviting the two sides of a conflict to objectively analyse contending matters ostensibly to find mutually acceptable solution, how can that become my fault?
“It is empirical truth that these court judgments existed before your appointment as the Chairman of the Caretaker Committee of our great party. Also, it is on record that the affected party has written multiple letters to you explaining the facts of the case in anticipation of your being equitable and just. These people have also been writing to the police for necessary protection to prevent any negative decision you might take that could result into anarchy and breakdown of law and order.
“Unfortunately, you chose to be partisan and unfair to them by dissolving the validly constituted state executive against subsisting judgments and constituted a one-sided caretaker committee populated by 100 per cent of their adversaries – in favour of OGD.
“Mr. Chairman, you seem to be asking and expecting from me that which I have no powers to do. Those you have sidelined, though political allies of mine, are eminent political leaders and important personalities in their own rights. They cannot easily be suppressed and coerced into concurrence of obvious rights abuse without reactions.
“It is worse when it is an open secret as we all know that all these manipulations in the mould of reconciliation are meant to create loyal South West executive for your presidential ambition.
“The threat of expelling me and others perceived not to fall in line with executive created for your presidential agenda has become topical in the party. If you unjustly expel us from the party, you cannot expel us from the hearts of our people. Certainly, you cannot also expel us from the courts as bonafide Nigerians and law abiding citizens.”