Senator Buruji Kashamu has dumped his Ogun State governorship ambition and has declared support for his former rival, Hon. Oladipupo Adebutu.
Kashamu announced the surprise withdrawal on Thursday, asking his supporters in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), to support Adebutu, who the national headquarters of the party recognizes as the party’s candidate in the coming election.
Kashamu and Adebutu are having a legal battle in court over who is the authentic candidate of the party.
But in his statement on Thursday, Kashamu said: “It is only in unity that we can stand tall together. It is true we are in court. But, we are hopeful that the issues will be resolved sooner than later. However, in the overall interest of the party, it is better and wiser for us to work together as members of the same family pending the resolution of the issues in court. We may have had our disagreements and issues, and have submitted them to the court for adjudication; yet, we have been talking to one another.
“We reckon that whichever way it goes, the court cannot bring about genuine reconciliation and peace. So, we have resolved to be agents of peace and reconciliation. Let us put aside our ego, prejudices and personal interests, and work together for the Party – in the hope that whoever carries the day will work for the Party, its members and the generality of the people.
“It is in the light of the foregoing that I wish to formally and publicly urge all my leaders, elders and supporters to work with the Lado group within the Ogun State chapter of the PDP ahead of February 16 and March 2, 2019 elections. Irrespective of our differences, we are members of the same family. At the end, it is the party that wins; not any individual or group.”