Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, the National leader of the All Progressives Congress, has shunned the overtures from Senator-elect Buruji Kashamu.
Buruji Kashamu, who is a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party in Ogun State last week described the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, as his role model.
Kashamu likened Tinubu to a true hero to be emulated by every Nigerian, noting that it was important to honour those deserving of honour now that the elections were over.
However, Kashamu’s praises have been rejected by Bola Tinubu who wants nothing to with the likes of Kashamu.
According to The Nation, Tinubu in a statement from his media adviser, Sunday Dare, yesterday April 21, described Kashamu as a fake praise singer who had undermined the democratic process by buying his victory in the Senatorial election.
The statement read: “Our attention has been drawn to the recently advertised letter by Mr. Buruji Kashamu to Asiwaju Bola Tinubu in which he described Tinubu in superlative terms and as his role model. Kashamu needs to stop this cynical fawning. It will not work.
“The days of false adulation are gone in Nigerian politics. Fake praise singers like Kashamu will find that their particular craft is no longer in vogue. During this election cycle, their practice has dramatically turned from the way things are to how things used to be.
“Henceforth, there will be consequences for the positions a politician takes and the words they utter.
“Politicians will no longer be able to change direction and loyalties as if they were changing clothes. Those in politics must know that responsibility and accountability shall now follow them. One can no longer walk both sides of the street at the same time. In case Kashamu has not noticed, the politics of principle defeated the politics of posturing.
“That Kashumu undermined the democratic process by buying his victory does not mean he is part of the new Nigeria. He is merely an isolated vestige of a dying past. The man is an extinct species the realisation of which will soon dawn on him.
“ For him to liken himself to Bola Tinubu is for a small rut to call itself a mountain. For Kashamu to call Tinubu a role model is Kashamu‘s admission that he does not know the meaning of the term. There are no grounds for comparison. There is only contrast. Tinubu has sacrificed years trying to bring democracy to Nigeria.
“He struggled in opposition to the powers that be. Without this, at times, lonesome fight and singular determination, the great change in Nigerian politics would not have happened as it did.
“Tinubu is an architect of democracy. Kashamu is a failed demolisher of that which Tinubu has strived to build. Under Kashamu’s designs, our elections would be a wholly mercantile undertaking.”
Meanwhile, Kashamu who is allegedly wanted in the United States of America for drug related offenses has accused the ex-president Olusegun Obasanjo of working with local and foreign security agencies to exile him to the USA over unlawful means.
The senator-elect said Obasanjo was involved in the supposed plan to extradite him to the United States over drug-related accusations because of the defeat Obasanjo had suffered in the PDP.