Extradition: Buruji Kashamu Denies Plans To Join APC

By Abiodun Oluwarotimi

A Senator representing the Ogun East Senatorial District, Senator (Prince) Buruji Kashamu, on Saturday night denied plans to defect to the All Progressive Congress (APC) in order to make the federal government set aside plans to extradite him to the United States to face drug-related charges.

It would be recalled that an online portal, yemojanews.com has published an article that went viral over the weekend, saying that the senator had ran to the Alake of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo, to help him (Buruji Kashamu) appeal to President Muhammadu Buhari to accept him into the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and to starve off his purported extradition.

But while reacting in a press statement sent to Nigerian Concord, Special Adviser to Senator Kashamu Buruji on Media and Publicity, Mr. Austin Oniyokor, said there was no iota of truth in the claim that the senator had any plans to join the APC.

The senator’s media aide noted that his principal had stated time and again that his support for the anti-corruption war of the President should not be misconstrued as ditching his party, the PDP, for the APC.

Assuring that Senator Kashamu remains and would always remain a member of the PDP, Mr. Oniyokor stressed that the issue of recruiting some people to soften the ground for his defection did not arise.

Meanwhile, Nigerian Concord had an exclusive interview with Judge Eric Fulbright, deputy judge of the Chicago District Court, where he said that the US Department of Justice didn’t make any request to extradite the lawmaker. (Full interview to be published shortly)

“Our attention has been drawn to a wishy washy report by a budding online news portal, www.yemojanews.com (what a name!) to the effect that Senator Buruji Kashamu approached the Alake of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo and the Awujale of Ijebuland, Oba Sikiru Adetona, to help him appeal to President Muhammadu Buhari to accept him into the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and to starve off a purported extradition of the senator.

“Ordinarily, we would have ignored this latest effort to blackmail the senator since we know where it is coming from (it would be addressed at the appropriate place and time), but for the wrong impression it might create in the mind of his associates, teeming supporters and admirers across the length and breadth of Ogun State, and beyond.

“First, there is no iota of truth in the claim that Senator Kashamu has any plans to join the APC. He has stated time and again that his support for the anti-corruption war of the President should not be misconstrued as ditching his party, the PDP, for the APC. And that he remains and would always remain a member of the PDP. So, the issue of recruiting some people to soften the ground for his defection does not arise.

“Secondly, the publishers of this piece of misguided report have only succeeded in exposing their ignorance of our jurisprudence. Otherwise, they should have known that no fresh extradition proceedings can be brought in a case that has been dismissed” the statement reads in parts.

Oniyokor pressed further that in this instance, besides the two British court judgments that established that the allegation against the senator was that of a “mistaken identity”, the purported extradition proceedings commenced against the senator in the last days of the immediate past administration was dismissed by the court on the 1st of July, 2015, as “an abuse of court process”, especially when the same issues as were put before the court had been decided by two British courts.

“Is it not ludicrous for anyone to think that anyone would lobby our revered traditional rulers to beg Mr. President to bend the rules. Who, except the warped minds behind this fabricated report, does not know that Mr. President and the current Attorney-General of the Federation are men of integrity and apostles of the Rule of Law? he asked.

The statement continues: “Even if anyone has a case against the senator in court, is it outside the court that the matter will be determined? Does the judiciary not have its own procedure and processes? Is it not distinct and separate from the executive or even the legislative arm of government? If anyone in the executive or legislature can easily influence them, then why do they lose their cases in court?

“For the information of those who think they can soil the cordial relationship between Senator Kashamu and the royalty, I have piece of bad news for them: they have only succeeded in re-invigorating it.

“Apart from being the Senator representing Awujale’s domain, Senator Kashamu is a son and an in-law of the palace. Kabiyesi’s younger brother (from the Shote family of Ijebu-Ode) married his immediate elder sister.

“Thus, it is only normal for him to maintain a cordial relationship with the palace of the Awujale and other royal fathers in the state. While we regret any embarrassment that this fabricated lies may have caused the highly revered monarchs, we wish to serve a notice on the publishers of yemojanews that should they fail to retract the report within the days stipulated by law, they will soon hear from the senator’s lawyers, so that they can substantiate their claims in the open court”

On the activities of Omoilu Foundation, Oniyokor stated that no amount of lies and blackmail told by idiots and spread by the ignoramus could obliterate the positive works and testimonies of the foundation. He added that the Omoilu Foundation is an idea whose time has come, and no force on earth can stop it



    • Suco
      March 5, 2016

      A competent court of jurisdiction both home and abroad cleared KASHAMU of any involvement of this baseless allegation.

      What is not clear to me is what else do his enemies want? I think this man’s popularity is now becoming headache for some people?

    • Governor General
      March 5, 2016

      This is welcome publication to debunk the earlier false news publication by Yemojanews. Senator Kashamu doesn’t have the intention of going to APC. Senator Kashamu as I know him and with all he had said can never leave PDP.

    • Goodluck George
      March 5, 2016

      Who God has blessed,let no man blackmail him or
      else the accuser faces the wrath of God.
      Nigerians don’t care what some mischievous people
      said about Senator Buruji Kashamu because
      rumours are carried by enemies, spread by
      ignorance and accepted by fools without inquiries.
      We are solidly behind Senator buruji, we’ll. Willingly
      support him even if if want to contest to become the
      president of Nigeria in 2019.
      They claim senator Kashamu bought his way into
      How else do you get into power under the western
      system of democracy which we have adopted? If we
      are using Western system of government to elect
      wrong people to high office, maybe we should blame
      the system and dump it. Kashamu did not invent
      money bag politics. It is the same in the west.
      America is worst on the planet for money bag
      The Ukrainian boxer, Vitali Klitschko wanted to run
      for the presidency of his country because he got
      money bags from sport. Manny Pacquiao another
      boxer is a member of the Philippine House of
      Representatives, and George Wear is now a
      successful politician in Liberia because he had
      to burn.
      It is alleged that Sarkozy took money from Ghadafi
      fund political campaign and had him killed before he
      could confirm it and now they want his son. Western
      democracy is money bags democracy and politicians
      are not always too scrupulous about the source of
      their campaign funds.
      Kashamu is a great philanthropist that has been
      rendering selfless service to humanity even before
      he joined politics. He is always there for his people
      before/during and after election. Kashamu is a man
      of the people. He is God sent. I must also thanks the
      poster for free publicity for Kashamu ahead of 2019.

    • Edun Emma
      March 5, 2016

      Woe unto Senator Kashamu’s enemies, bcoz this is completely fabricated story.
      Yemoja news publisher was paid to spoil somebody’s images.
      May God forgive them.
      Rumours can be carry by our enemies acceptable by the fools.

      Forward Ever Senator Kashamu, Backward Never by God grace.

    • majesty
      March 6, 2016

      We know where this malicious outburst is coming from and their calculated attempt. But one thing that is certain is that non of their wishy washy attempt will deter the Senator form is passionate concern about people’s welfare and his programmes to alleviate poverty thru his Omoilu foundation

    • eboraogun@gmail.com
      March 6, 2016

      SBK is the rave of the moment and you all know what it takes to get there as being analyzed in his speech. You all have to believe that climbing to the top demands extra strength, whether it is to the top of Mount Everest or to the top of your career.
      “Some broken heart never mends
      Some memories never end
      Some tears will never dry
      SPBK, Our love for you will never die”

    • Adekunle Alli
      March 6, 2016

      The national legislative houses of Nigeria have now been known as haven of miscreants and drug barons by the general public, and Senator Buruji Kashamu, alias Jinadu Esho is known as a notorious drug merchant, and one of them, even though the long arm of the is yet to catch him.

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