14 November 2017
By Ugonnabo Ngwu
The senator representing Ogun East, Buruji Kashamu, has accused the Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP, National Caretaker Committee chairman, Senator Ahmed Makarfi of creating crisis in the South-West zone of the party because of his ambition to become President in 2019.
In a statement personally signed by him on Monday and issued in Abuja, he claimed that the former Kaduna governor is acting like a sole administrator, accusing him of illegally altering duly elected state executives in the South-West.
He further stated that Makarfi is less bothered over plans to impose a candidate loyal to a South-South governor ahead of the election of the national chairman of the party at the December 9 convention.
The lawmaker accused the PDP national chairman of working in concert with others to deny the South-West the chance of producing the national chairman of the party at the elective convention.
He said, “The activities of Sen. Makarfi have been everything to the contrary. He had been going about not even as an elected national chairman with full tenure but much more ridiculously like a sole administrator with timeless tenure under the disguise of solving one problem or the other.”
Kashamu added that Makarfi has allowed his presidential ambition to blindfold him, adding that he “has disorganised the South-West PDP for selfish manipulations with his cohorts, chief amongst whom is the Ekiti State governor, Mr. Ayo Fayose.
“As if the disorganisation of the South-west structures is not enough; Makarfi has clandestinely abdicated the leadership role of ensuring an acceptable micro-zoning, he left the national chairmanship hitherto conceded to the south-west for a free-for-all among the three southern zones.
“It is indeed, funny that Makarfi that has evidently shown lack of requisite capacity to be the national chairman is dreaming of becoming the president of Nigeria. He is a bundle of betrayal even worse than Senator Ali Modu Sheriff,” he said.