PDP Chairmanship Aspirant and Senator representing Ogun East Senatorial District, Senator Buruji Kashamu, has called on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to speed up the prosecution of ex-Governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel. for the alleged corruption charges levied against him.
Daniel and Kashamu are both in the race for the chairmanship stool of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
The Senator described the PDP Chairmanship ambition of Daniel as “a mockery of democracy and assault on the anti-corruption war” as he smirked on the attack by the former Governor on the anti-corruption drive of the present administration during OGD’s declaration of interest speech in Abuja last week.
In Kashamu’s statement, he urged the Ogun State government and the EFCC to take immediate action on Daniel’s alleged corruption case especially now that he is now mocking the anti-corruption war.
Kashamu’s statement in response to OGD’s PDP Chairmanship declaration speech reads:
“Daniel’s speech at his declaration for the PDP National Chairmanship race was a compendium of a mockery of our democracy and a direct assault on the anti-corruption war. In that speech, there was nothing OGD didn’t call himself whereas he is actually the exact opposite of all these attributes.
“He insultingly eulogised the undemocratic past of which he was eminently involved; when our elections were characterised by shameless rigging as if current efforts and legislations to ensure free and fair elections are unworthy.”
“Furthermore, he sought to trivialise his ongoing EFCC case where he is truly being accused of converting Judge’s quarters into his private mansion, converting government land and other innocent people’s land acquired fraudulently under the pretence of public use, into his commercial hotel project, etc, etc and sundry corruption allegations and visible abuse of office. He has indeed by this, thrown an open challenge at the EFCC and by extension, the Federal government.”
“I implore the Federal government and particularly Ogun State, to show more interests in the OGD -EFCC affairs; more so now that prosecuting witnesses are being scared off from appearing in court. This unholy arrangement has already emboldened OGD as capable of weakening the chances of his conviction.
“Candidly, this current pretensions and public bravado of a chairmanship contest by OGD is truly aimed at turning his corruption cases and sundry pending criminal assaults and killing allegations into cases of political victimisation and assault on the opposition.
“As much as one calls on the government to take needed necessary actions by refusing to be cheaply blackmailed; more importantly, the leaders of PDP need to ensure that our party and indeed, all of us, are unwittingly not dragged into an avoidable, disgraceful and infamously criminal corruption saga.”