The Chairman Organisng and Mobilisation Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in the South-West, Prince Buruji Kashamu, over the weekend, said that the former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Honourable Dimeji Bankole, cannot contest through the back door without following due process.
He alleged that the ex-speaker had failed to recognise the constitutionally elected state executive committee of the party, under the chairmanship of Mr Bayo Dayo and other respected leaders of the party in the state.
Kashamu said this in an interview with newsmen shortly after the defection of about 3,000 people to the party in Sagamu.
He described Bankole’s ambition as a “mere wish”, because he (Bankole) ,had failed to align with the genuine leaders of the party, describing him as a joker.
Kashamu alleged that Bankole contributed nothing to the development of the party while he held sway as the Speaker of the House of Representatives for four years.
“We all know that he does not even have the quality to be one of those aspiring for the governorship seat in the state. You can see that for four years that he was Speaker,he did not know anything about the party and did not as well contribute to the development of the party.
“We just heard that he wanted to contest under the party, he has never come to the party , he has never met with all the genuine leaders. Apart from that ,Dimeji Bankole is still having a lot of problems hanging on his neck.
“What he is trying to do is to break the the authentic and legally constituted executive in the state. He has been going everywhere in Abuja to ensure that the state party executive is re-constituted. He thought that a lot of our national leaders are not law abiding. May be, he has a caterpillar to destroy the legally constituted excutive council in the state. This is what we don’t understand. So, that is why I am telling you authoritatively that Dimeji Bankole is a joker. He is not ready. If it is true that he wants to contest on the platform of the party, then, he needs to follow the normal channel,” he said.
Meanwhile, Bankole has sued for peace among members of the PDP in Ogun State ahead of the 2015 general election.
The former Speaker said this at the party’s stakeholders’ meeting held in Abeokuta, on Saturday, that the disunity within the party was responsible for its poor performance in the 2011 general election.
It was at the meeting that the former speaker was requested to contest the governorship position of the state in 2015.
“We allowed divisions in our party to linger while individual interests were placed above party interest and we paid dearly for it,” he said.
Bankole appreciated the stakeholders for considering him worthy of the party’s flagbearer at the forthcoming 2015 governorship election in the state.
He, however, said that the starting point in the process of regaining supremacy in the state and ensuring victory at the 2015 polls was to reconcile the individual and factional differences that existed within the party.
“I do not think that adoption of a flagbearer for our party is our top priority now.
“We need to mobilise our people from the grassroots and begin to mend fences and address those challenges that robbed us of victory at the 2011 polls.
“We must urgently embark on a sincere and genuine process of reconciliation and allow aggrieved members who had left the party to return to the fold.
“We must allow unity to reign supreme in our party and work together to move PDP forward in Ogun State.
“Let it be known that I am not for any faction or group. I am only interested in one united PDP in the state,” Bankole said.