A former Senior Special Assistant to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan on Public Affairs, Doyin Okupe, has insisted that former President Olusegun Obasanjo remained the “undisputed and authentic” leader of the Peoples Democratic Party in the Southwest region of the country.
Mr. Okupe, who disclosed this on his Facebook account on Friday, blasted Buruji Kashamu, a senator, saying he cannot be described as a leader of the party merely because he runs a local non-governmental organisation in Ogun State.
He said Mr. Obasanjo’s action of tearing his PDP membership card was a result of the intolerable happenings within the party.
Mr. Okupe said, “Senator Buruji Kashamu is not the leader of the PDP in the southwest. He is not even the leader of the party in Ogun state. He leads an NGO called Omo Ilu which engages in empowerment programmes in the state, mainly in the Ogun East Senatorial district.
“Baba Obasanjo still remains the undisputed and authentic leader of the PDP in the South-West. The fact that he tore his membership card is not tantamount to resignation from the party. An action he has not undertaken to date.
“Tearing of the membership card though a very negative action is undoubtedly a knee-jerk reaction to certain unacceptable or intolerable happenings within the party which can and will be redressed.
“In his temporary absence, we have a collegiate or con-federal leadership of eminent and distinguished elders including Chief Bode George, Chief Ogunlewe, Aare Jubril Martins Kuye, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, Chief Mrs Apampa, Dr. Lekan Balogun, Baba Richard Akinjide, Alhaji Yekini Adeojo, Chief Ebenezer Babatope, Shuabu Oyedokun, Iyiola Omisore, Prof Adeniran, Governor Fayose, Governor Mimiko, Senator Bode Olajumoke amongst others.
“We are a proud and a foremost race in Nigeria. We have enviable political antecedents and capable of presenting nationally credible and acceptable leadership at any and all time”.