Ahead 2019 elections, the lawmaker representing Ogun East Senatorial district, Senator Buruji Kashamu-led faction of Ogun State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has announced the former presidential spokesman, Dr Reuben Abati as the running mate of the governorship candidate, Leke Shittu.
The faction which had been recognized by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the state also named former governor of the state, Otunba Gbenga Daniel as the candidate for Ogun East Senatorial district.
It would be recalled that INEC had notified the PDP of its decision to accept the candidates’ list of the PDP faction backed by Kashamu.
The commission had in a letter addressed to the National Chairman of PDP, Uche Secondus, notified the party of the acceptance of the list submitted by Bayo Dayo’s faction following the Federal High court judgements, directing the umpire to accept the candidates as against that of Sikirullahi Ogundele-led faction which is recognised by the PDD national leadership.
In a statement personally signed by Kashamu, a copy of which was made available to newsmen in Abeokuta on Wednesday, by his media aide, Austin Oniyokor faulted the statement credited to the National Publicity Secretary of the party, Kola Ologbondiyan that INEC acted contravening the rule that only the chairman can submit candidates list to INEC.
The statement read in part “The candidates list of the Kashamu backed Bayo Dayo exco of Ogun PDP has been received and fully acknowledged by INEC for the 2019 elections. Prince Leke Shitu and Dr Rueben Abati were duly acknowledged as the Ogun PDP Governorship and Deputy Governorship candidates respectively (acknowledgement receipts attached). Former Ogun state Governor, HE Otunba Gbenga Daniel is for the Senate, Ogun East and all other candidates for the Senatorial, Federal house of Representatives and the State House of Assembly were equally accepted and duly acknowledged.
“All the state elders, leaders and party faithfuls are again enjoined to continue and remain focused on the ongoing aggressive mobilisation and reconciliation efforts for our party, PDP to come out victorious in the forthcoming elections. I’m emboldened by the power and grace of almighty Allah and shall never succumb to injustice. God bless you”, he said.
When contacted, Abati confirmed his choice as the running mate in the PDP.
He said “Yes, I am aware. I can confirm . It is true”.
However, attempt to reach the former governor for his comment was unsuccessful as he could not be reached.