Kashamu with South West PDP leaders during the public presentation of the book
Says, Obasanjo is rubbishing President Jonathan’s achievements
Barely 13 days after former President Olusegun Obasanjo launched an autobiography, My watch , which castigated President Goodluck Jonathan, the Chairman, Organisation and mobilisation committee of the People’s Democratic Party in South West, Prince Buruji Kashamu has presented a book to counter the former President
The book entitled “No Enemies To Fight, Goodluck Jonathan On The Marble” which contained, President Jonathan’s quotable quotes since 2011 till May 1, 2013 was yesterday, presented to the public at Ijebu-Igbo in Ijebu-North local government area of Ogun State.
The 171-page book was jointly edited by a Special adviser to the President on Research, Documentation and strategy, Mr. Oronto Douglas and Akpodigha Filatei had twelve chapters and published in 2013.
The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja had on December 7, restrained Obasanjo from launching his book, but, the former President on December 9, went ahead to launch the book which condemned some actions of President Jonathan.The judge consequently ordered that, the book, My watch, be confiscated for allegedly flouting the court orders, the action, Obasanjo had appealed.
It was gathered that, Obasanjo in his controversial book had also acussed Kashamu of being indicted for drug-related cases in the United States of America.
The presentation of the book was done in the presence of some leaders of the party in the South West which include, South West Secretary of the party, Pegba Otemolu, Ogun State Chairman, Bayo Dayo and members of Omo-Ilu foundation from Ogun, Oyo , Ekiti, Osun, Ondo and Lagos state.Speaking at the presentation, Kashamu said the motive and timing of My watch by Obasanjo are suspicious, saying that Obasanjo aimed at rubbishing the achievements of president Jonathan.
According to him, but, Nigerians and the sophisticated people of the south west are not deceived. They can see through the smokescreen of the book and take informed decisions.“On a personal note, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo said he wrote in his book that it leaves much to be desired for the PDP and the President to associate with somebody that has been indicted in the United States.“I say it again that it is not in his place to say such. It is deceitful and hypocritical for him to be blowing hot and cold at the same time.
It was under his administration in 2000/2001 that the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency represented the federal government and testified in the name case in London that I do not have any association with drug trafficking.“I was tried in the United Kingdom on the basis of the same allegation by the United States, discharged and acquitted when the British court found that it was a case of mistaken identity.“Contrary to their evil wish, I will not forfeit my right under the law and play to the gallery in order to please my political opponents.
If the Nigerian and Beninoise governments were adequately represented in the case, what then is the hullabaloo about?“When I was working with Chief Obasanjo and using me to further his political interest, I was a good person. He did not see anything wrong with a former president, self-acclaimed leader of the party and the then chairman of the Board of Trustees hobnobbing with an ‘indicted person’. He calls me anytime he wants. Now that I am performing my patriotic duty of supporting the government produced by my party, contrary to his wish, all he’ll is let loose”.