Fayose unfit to be PDP govs’ forum chair –Kashamu
The Senator , representing Ogun East Senatorial District in the National Assembly , Mr . Buruji Kashamu , has faulted the choice of Ekiti State Governor , Mr . Ayo Fayose , as the Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party Governors’ Forum .
In a statement on Sunday, Kashamu said Fayose was not the right man for the job .
He wondered how governors of a party in a need of rebranding and repositioning could choose “a liability , a loud mouth and an immature politician like Fayose as the chairman of the PDP Governors ’ Forum ” .
The statement added , “It is not that his emergence as the chairman of the Forum means anything to me. But as a committed and loyal party man , it gives me great concern that instead of taking steps that will foster peace and unity, we are doing things that will widen the gap and cause more disunity.
“ Those who chose him should have a rethink in the interest of the party that is striving hard to return to power .”
Kashamu also described Ondo State Governor , Olusegun Mimiko , who Fayose succeeds as the PDP Governors ’ Forum Chairman , as cool – headed but “a traitor ” .
He stated , “His brother- governor , Dr . Olusegun Mimiko , whose tenure he purportedly continues as Chairman of the PDP Governors ’ Forum , is a cool – headed and balanced character .
“ Even then, some of us pointed out that Governor Mimiko was slippery and sly , and a traitor . What happened at the end of the day ? The party broke up on his head when he overreached himself in the South-West as the Chairman of the PDP Governors’ Forum at the behest of Fayose .
“ Instead of being a strong leader , who would be fair to all and do good to all manner of people , without fear or favour , he became more of a weather- beaten fowl , sullen and uninspiring .
“ But , we thank God that we held our grounds and fought for our rights.
“ Fayose had always wanted to be the chairman of the PDP Governors Forum . That was why he had some resentment towards Mimiko upon his emergence as the chairman of the forum in 2015 . “
While he conceded to the PDP governors the right to choose whoever they wanted to lead them , he noted that they should have settled for a balanced , more experienced and mature person to lead the forum .
He argued that the governors shouldn’ t have chosen “a cantankerous , divisive and unstable character like Governor Fayose, who snaps at the slightest provocation ” .
Kashamu stated , “There are those who are better educated, well- cultured and better exposed, who are not working against the interest of their people and country .
“ We have governors , who have held public offices since the return to democracy in 1999 but who are untainted . The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission does not have any case against them .
“ Those are the kind of people that could have been chosen to lead the Forum .
Kashamu said the choice of Fayose as the chairman of the PDP forum would further polarise the party and destroy it .
He added , “How many of the notable leaders of the party in Ekiti State and the South- West are ready to work with Fayose ? He had the opportunity to fight for the interest of the good people of Ekiti State and Yorubaland , but he flunked it , preferring to promote impunity with a tiny clique who will always do his bidding . ”
But reacting , Fayose , who spoke through his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media , Lere Olayinka , asked Kashamu to stop interfering in other people ’ s business.
He said , “ Even as we have elected not to take issue with the senator , I think Nigerians should ask him whether he is a governor . What is the business of a senator , who is not even a principal officer in the Senate with who becomes the chairman of Governors ’ Forum ?
“ If he wants to have a say on who becomes the chairman of Governors Forum , he should also try and become a governor like Governor Ayodele Fayose , and a respected , forthright , committed party man and a courageous one too .
“ As it is now, he is not a governor and he has never been a governor, and as such does not know how the PDP Governors ’ Forum operates . He therefore lacks moral right to comment on who becomes the Chairman of the PDP Governors’ Forum .”