By Mike Odiakose
National leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, on Wednesday distanced itself from Senator Kashamu Buruji who has been campaigning as the governorship candidate of the party in Ogun State.
In a statement issued by the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, the party clarified that Ladi Adebutu is its candidate for the forthcoming governorship election in Ogun state.
According to him, “this declaration puts to rest all controversies, uncertainties and misgivings regarding the authentic governorship candidate of the PDP in Ogun state.
“Ladi Adebutu was duly elected as the PDP candidate in the primary conducted by the National Working Committee, NWC, the only body empowered to conduct such primaries, and his name and particulars have since been duly submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, by the leadership of the party.
“All PDP members, supporters and the general public should, by this declaration, completely disregard, as an impostor, any other person parading himself as the PDP governorship candidate in Ogun state, as only Ladi Adebutu is our flag bearer and Governorship candidate in Ogun State.
“The PDP candidate, Ladi Adebutu, has already commenced his campaigns and is widely accepted by the people of Ogun state, who have expressed their readiness to freely give him the mantle of leadership at the 2019 election.”
The PDP cautioned those it described as “fifth columnists” trying to cause confusion within its fold in Ogun state, particularly those already identified as working for the APC, to desist from such acts in the general interest.