Setting the Records Straight
It baffles me how some people just open their mouth and use their hands to either say whatever they want or write anything they feel like writing, however unreasonable. But many of those who know me and have related with me and “our leader” on the other side would readily tell anyone who cares to listen that there is a clear difference between us. I am not the type who will have blood in my mouth and throw out white spittle. I am not deceitful. I do not tell you a thing and go behind to do another. I am not one who set people against themselves. But, we know those who are given to lying, deceit and profanity. Their godfather is known as the originator, founder and master of “ziggy” (deceit). I laugh when some hirelings say tickets were sold or that money was collected from some persons. I wonder why anyone who voluntarily gave money would turn around to blackmail the recipients and peddle all manner of allegations. The question to ask such people is: who is that Nigerian politician and aspirant who does not spend money at various levels, either within or outside the party? Ask anyone who aspired to be anything in politics whether as a local government Chairman, Governor, Senator or Reps member if he had not at one point or the other made some donations either to the platforms they seek to ride on or some key personalities in the structure. In th build up to the 2015 general elections, we heard of how one of the governorship hopefuls parted with N750million in the hope that the senior party official would hand him the governorship ticket. That was one out of several other cases. I say it without any fear of contradiction that it is because of such largesse that some people fight tooth and nail to be members of the NWC of parties. They leave office stupendously rich, acquiring properties all over the place. Of course, we may never know what exactly transpired among them either because the givers are not flippant or by reason of the fact that there isn’t any quarrel yet. Make no mistake about it; I do not condone or support such because if anyone had come to me to say he wanted to give me money for a ticket, I would have called his bluff. But if he came and said he was making a donation in support of our activities and efforts at keeping the party afloat, why would I reject such? Like I have said severally, Pa Kessington Adebutu made some donations in support of the Ogun State PDP through me. As a businessman who wants to be in the good books of whichever party comes into office in an election year, he does that across party lines. And the reason is not far-fetched. It was and still glaring even to the blind that I use my God-given resources to keep the party afloat when “our leader” left for PPN and LP. Indeed, at a point he described the Ogun State PDP as a “mere carcass waiting to be engulfed”. On a personal note, when I had an issue last year, Pa Adebutu supported me. He wanted to hire a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) to join my team of lawyers, but when I told him those I had assembled, he opted to give me some money.Typical of him, Ladi came behind to ask me for his share of the money. I advised him to desist from doing so because that has always been his style. But, it should be noted that Pa Adebutu is not “a money-miss-road” who spends his money frivolously. He puts his money where his mouth is. If not, he would have made similar donations to his childhood friends who are still struggling to eke out a living in his home town of Iperu-Remo and everywhere.While I may not be able to say if the reason for the support and donations was to give anyone any ticket or support his son’s aspiration, I can say that I am better than those who have collected over N1billion without giving anything of value in return. Till date, they are still extorting Pa. Adebutu.Their modus operandi is to collude with Ladi to extort the father and then he goes back to collect his share of the loot. For every scheme (read scam), they extort the octogenarian. Such schemes (scams) include the hijack of tags at the botched May 21, 2016 National Convention in Port Harcourt because they had collected huge sums of money from the old man with a promise that they will buy their way into the convention. That was also the reason why they were so desperate to partake in the rescheduled National Convention held on the 17th August, 2016. They had collected money from Pa Adebutu and were therefore under pressure to deliver. The order they procured from Hon. Justice Mobolaji Ojo was another of such scams. Everything about it, including their desperate efforts to sustain it and the purported OGSIEC’s recognition, is all about sustaining the huge scam and lifeline. Recently, he was seen on the podium speaking at one of the rallies of Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu in Edo State. What many do not know was that he and he gang made his father to cough out N500million and ended up donating a mere N25million to the campaign. They sat on the remaining money and shared it. What Ladi usually does is that after colluding with people to extort his father, he would go back to ask for his share of the loot. In my case, after his father rendered the unsolicited support to me, he made his usual demand on me. And because I didn’t play ball, he took offence and probably never forgave me till date; hence the blackmail. It beats my imagination how a child will turn himself into a prodigal and wasteful son who will take delight in colluding with people to defraud his father! The end of such a child is better imagined.When well-to-do people like Wesco and others brought money in the build up to the 2015 general elections, I told them to go and spend it on the party and its members. So, when the hirelings run their mouth in a bid to impress their pay masters, they should get their facts right. How much would anyone give me for any ticket that is enough to defray my investment on the party and its members as well as the masses? The Almighty Allah Subhana wata ala has blessed me. I do not need the crumbs from the table of any big man or his son who is still dependent on monthly allowances from his father! Alhamdulilai.
I have also read some question my education. My response to them is that education has levels and types. It could be formal and informal. There are some school certificate holders that are better than degree holders. It is also true that some Professors and Doctorate degree holders are better than the others. Nobody knows it all. That is why you are an illiterate of what you do not know. And learning itself is a continuous process. It is true that I have a Diploma, but I know that I am better than some Professors and Doctorate degree holders. Thankfully, they are human beings like me whom I relate with. I have a good number of them working for me in my companies, both here in Nigeria and beyond, with over 1,500 workforce! What other form of education do I need if I can relate with them in both English and French languages, discuss issues and analyse figures? I consider myself a proof of the saying that “education or literacy is not intelligence”. I can hold my own anywhere, any day.
I should also mention that there is no man born of a woman who does not have a cross that he bears. There are those who have been accused of killing many people and shedding innocent blood. Some have chronic ailments that have refused to go. Others were said to have taken to hard drugs which saw them sleeping under the bridge and then became psychiatric patients. Some were accused of pilfering our commonwealth and are now being tried by EFCC. The fact of the matter is that in my case, I was arrested and tried in one of the best judiciary in the whole world, and the court exonerated me. So, what else do the noisemakers want? Given how ferocious they have pursued me and concocted all manner of lies against me, if not for the fact that the Almighty Allah subhana wata ala is with me, they could have succeeded in their evil plans and wishes. But, I will continue to take solace in the Almighty Allah who has continued to be my refuge and stay. The noisemakers can continue their noise; it does not move me. It is like the noise of the market place.
Senator Buruji Kashamu