Tuesday, 24 November 2015

APC Attacks Kashamu Over Bribing Allegations

Buruji Kashamu, the senator representing Ogun-East senatorial district, has come under heavy attack from the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ogun state over a petition against the national and state assemblies elections petitions tribunal in the state.

Following the verdict of the Justice Henry Olusiyi-led tribunal on October 23 for fresh elections in 110 units, Kashamu and the PDP accused the APC of bribing the tribunal.

Kashamu and the PDP also alleged that the APC has channelled N150m through a senior advocate to help it get a favourable judgment in the Court of Appeal in Ibadan.

In separate petitions to Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa, the president of the appeal court,  both Kashamu and the PDP asked for the disbandment of the tribunal, The Punch reports.

But in a swift response, Sola Lawal, the APC publicity secretary in Ogun state, said the allegations by the PDP could compromise the integrity of the institution of justice if not checked.

According to Lawal, the judiciary has come under attack by the PDP after losing the last general elections.

He said: “Kashamu and the PDP were only victims of morbid fear having realised the futility of their case against the APC while opting for vainglorious self-help to avoid an imminent and sure disgrace in the public space.

“It is to the credit of the crumbling edifice of Kashamu to be economical with the truth. The actual plan is to put a coy in the wheel of justice and further desecrate the noble temple of justice through subterfuge and archaic underhand methods.

“In their confusion, Kashamu and his party with whom impunity sits pretty well, have, in futility, embarked on a search for a society of Frederick Douglas’ intellectual ingenuity where justice is denied, poverty thrives and ignorance prevails. One is in made to feel the society is an organised conspiracy to oppress, rob and degrade such that no one or property is safe.”

The national elections petitions tribunal sitting in Isabo court, Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital, had in its verdict annulled the election of Prince Buruji Kashamu of the PDP.

The tribunal also ordered a rerun election in 110 polling units in all the local government areas in the Senatorial District, except Ijebu Ode local government council, within three months of the judgment.

After the judgment, both candidates, Buruj Kashamu (PDP) and Dapo Abiodun (APC) approached the appellate court to seek various reliefs to express their dissatisfaction with the tribunal verdict.