A Former Special Assistant to Otunba Gbenga Daniel during his administration as Governor of Ogun State, Mr Steve Oliyide has called on Senator Buruji Kashamu to surrender himself to security agencies to allow them investigate the case of assassination levelled against him.

Former Governor Gbenga Daniel had petitioned the IG and other security agencies that the Senator representing Ogun East at the National Assembly was after his life.

The special assistant who was reacting to Senator Buruji's counter petition to the Inspector General of Police described his reply as "a pot of lies".

Below are the details of the statement sent to Nigerian Newstrack. 


Assassination Attempt: Senator Kasamu's Pot of Lies

In his desperate but very unintelligent effort to exonerate himself from culpability in the failed ignoble attempt to assassinate the former Governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel on the 24th of August, 2017, Ogun East Senator, Buruji Kasamu, raised some issues, many of which fall within the borderlines of irrelevances, spurious but crafty attempt to divert and shift public attention far away from the main focus and the real subject matter which is "life threatening".

While it may be apt to concede, trust and repose confidence in the Nigerian Police and other Law Enforcement agencies to do the needful especially in treating the Petition of Otunba Gbenga Daniel in respect of the attempt on his life on its merit, it is equally important that some of the lies, half-truths and outright falsehood in Senator Kasamu's response are exposed for the sake of the unsuspecting public who might be tempted or be swayed by the tissues of lies contained therein.

In his response, some of which smack of criminal libel (and one would think he will be man enough to honour police invitation this time around to substantiate his claims with facts at his disposal and assist their investigations), Senator Kasamu claims and alleges:

1. That he is the most senior political office holder in Ogun State: 

even as I do not see the relevance of this to the issue of "threat" to life which is the real matter in contention, one is however at a loss as to how the not well educated Senator derives his theory of political seniority and ranking. That someone who was elected in one senatorial district (just one out of three), and practically lost the elections in most local governments council areas under his native Ijebu constituency but was literally assisted to electoral victory with votes from the Remo Constituency where another popular candidate, Hon. Oladipupo Adebutu was flying the flag of the same party will beat logic.

2. That Otunba Daniel plan to foist an illegal caretaker committee on the PDP in Ogun State, despite a subsisting court judgement that the expired, dissolved Bayo Dayo-led executive committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to be in office till 2020: 

This is laughable because in the first place, the Nigeria Police is not a court of law; bringing up the issue before the law enforcement agency in a matter bordering on assassination attempt is out of place; perhaps if Senator Kasamu has been better educated and less mischievious, he would have appreciated that the issue of Caretaker committee for the Ogun State PDP goes beyond just one man, it is a creation of law purposely designed and initiated to take the party out of the quagmire which Senator Kasamu had thrown it over a period of time. The caretaker committee option is a stop-gap to kickstart the PDP in the state, just as in other states on a new footing and re-set the process of reconciliation and rebuilding the party for greater accomplishments and reposition it into an election winning machine which it was before the likes of Kasamu found their way into the party. Rather than dragging the police into such needless distractions, it would have been more sensible for the Senator to answer strictly to his culpability in the allegations raised which is about threat to life. 

3. That OGD has lost relevance and seeking to revive his dwindling political career and hijack the structure of the PDP in Ogun State:

Contradictions. In one breadth Senator Kasamu claimed someone who has "lost" relevance politically "foisted" a caretaker committee on the party in Ogun State, and in another breadth he acknowledged that OGD was on the entourage of the National Caretaker Committee chairman, Senator Ahmed Maikarfi on political assignment to broker peace in troubled states in the South West. One needs to ask the question whether such assignments are given to somebody desperate for and seeking political relevance? Why was Buruji (the self acclaimed most senior political office holder in the state) not considered for such exalted intervention? Senator Kasamu equally alleged that Otunba Gbenga Daniel was trying to turn the heat on his political opponent with his petition to the police, but failed to reference the part where the former claimed that was his first petition in his "entire life". This underscores the fact that Otunba Gbenga Daniel is not one who believes nor relies on writing petition as a political weapon. Most Nigerians know those who take a vocation in frivolous and spurious petition writing as a political tool. It is also important to state, and emphatically too, that Buruji Kasamu (if that name actually exist in flesh and blood) can never be Otunba Daniel's political 'opponent' as long as he remained a member of the PDP, rather Kasamu is just another member of the party under which OGD served as Governor for eight years.

4. That Otunba Daniel is the Arrowhead of the "illegal" caretaker committee:

I repeat, the issue and legality of the caretaker committee is a matter for the court to determine and not Kasamu who felt he has lost out in the power equation and political calculus in Ogun State, South West and Nigeria. Kasamu should also be reminded that, not only in Ogun State has Otunba Gbenga Daniel been involved in troubleshooting to bring back PDP into political reckoning, his intervention has seen a lot of aggrieved members in Oyo and Lagos States reconciling and agreeing to work together for the growth of the party. Just as the entry of Kasamu has done great damage to the party, forcing many credible politicians out of the fold, OGD, on the other hand has been busy trying to bring many people back and initiating cohesive arrangement for their mutual coexistence and participation.

5. That Daniel is a pathological liar:

This is vague and appears like a blanket statement without any specifics. Suffice to say that men of ignoble characters are immune to the purity of saner men and are highly irritated by the good conducts of noble man, they therefore describe such good conduct and expression of nobility in the only available words in their lexicon. Were these not so, people like Kasamu whose entire lifestyle is shrouded in circumstantial mysteries, controversial identities and who live a total life of lie and falsehood would not have the effrontery to call some other person a liar and he expect the public to believe him?

6. That OGD is not the first to be "defeated" but refusing to let go and begging Senator Ben Bruce to beg you from exposing his political deficit:

The recurring reference to being "defeated" also lacks substance because this is highly subjective. Sounds more like the cry of a child who was trounced and beaten by somebody older and stronger consoling himself even while crying "I refused to be beaten, I beat him him when he beats me and he is now sending people to beg me". It should interest intelligent readers to know what Kasamu has to offer now that "begging" him should be the next option. Even while it mattered, OGD conceded the Senate seat to Kasamu like an elder seeking to pacify a crying child and offered him his own toy. Many will be interested to know what has that child done with the 'toy' handed over to him; instead of being pacified, he is still crying about.

7. That Everyone is aware of OGD's movement on the day in question:

Crime bursters and investigators agree on one point, the criminal always leave a trail. They also know that criminals often return to the scene of crime. Why is Buruji so much in a hurry to help security operatives to do their jobs? Why is he so eager and impatient to divert attention away from very salient questions that they will need their professional experience to unravel. Perhaps he fails or refuse to understand that Investigators will still be interested to know why he is so interested in monitoring the movement of OGD. In Kasamu's hurried attempt to divert attention, he conveniently did not say that OGD went to Ibadan in the same flight with the NCC Chairman, Ahmed Makarfi and the other team from Abuja and that while Makarfi and the team returned to Abuja same evening, Kasamu's hired goons and scouts miscalculated on OGD's movement and thought he had returned with Makarfi that same night, especially because they did not see him sit at the Dinner where the post reconciliation press briefing was addressed by the South west chairman, Dr. Eddy Olafeso, that was why they were so certain he was at home in Abuja because he had a full compliment of his vehicle convoys including jeeps parked in the Abuja compound just as he keeps them in all his residences in Sagamu, Lagos and Ijebu Ode. They also did not know that he left for Ekiti after the Dinner.

8. That the Policeman "sleeping" and his his gun was "miraculously" hid in the same toilet where he was locked:

same in the spirit of hurried conclusion, Senator Kasamu as a very "experienced" customer of police will claim to rightly know where a policeman on duty should keep his gun(s) but in his less than clever attempt at 'justification' will forget that because of potential criminals that still abound not all disclosures are meant for public consumption because of other time.

9. That "we all know the antecedents of all the atrocities of your killer squad while you were governor and all this evidence shall be availed the police in my counter petition. I am well aware that you are planning to kill me before 2019 in your frustrated effort to take my Senate seat which is democratically invisible given the current realities. I wish you the best in yourself imposed adversities against God’s wish. Senator Kashamu.”:

I have checked the entire Dictionary of Political Lexicon, I am yet to find such combination as "democratically invisible ", but if hazzard an interpretation, it suggests something like a "voodoo" mandate, that which cannot be seen. In other words, Kasamu's mandate is indeed not visible to anyone; this pays a lie to his claim of being the most senior political office holder in the state in the first instance. What is not seen is not valid in logic. Be that as it may, on the phantom "killer squad" which has assumed more or less a political cliché in the lexicon of those who claimed and publicly admitted to have spent three billion naira (N3 billion) to "destroy" the OGD government, the police need not look far to ask the needed question about what such hiking amount was spent on. We know for sure that part of that amount was spent on propaganda to demonize OGD and we cannot take that away from desperate politicians and people with such sinister antecededents and controversial identities. 

They apparently bred such "killer squad" to assist their objective of "destroying" that government. OGD has been out of government for the past six (6) years, if it takes that length of time and a petition on threat to life to bring that propaganda back to life, the reasonable question that should interest security operatives is why has Buruji not raise this and see it to conclusion, given the level of hostilities between him and OGD? Two things are most likely certain: (i.) that of Buruji's complicity or (ii.) that there is no such thing as a "killer squad" except only in the wild imagination of those who mouth it and write it on the social media. It is equally unthinkable that in all the years of their political differences, as hostile as it was, Buruji has not alluded to any attempt or threat to his life, rather most of his narratives had always been on a Third Party, and not one of direct personal experience. In case Buruji has also forgotten, in the history of political succession in Nigeria, none has been as hostile as between OGD and Senator Ibikunle Amosun, and it is also on record that a probe was empanelled to look into all those propaganda allegations of "killings" and the panel returned a verdict of Not Guilty on OGD. This was in spite of the fact that the panel was deliberately established to persecute and rewards were offered to anyone who has any members of his family missing in controversial circumstances. In this part of the world, people search for their missing fowl, goats and dogs, it demystifies logic that they will ignore profitable invitations to find their missing loved ones (human beings for that matter!).

10.That "I have been in Lagos since the National Assembly went on recess last month. I do not have a killer squad like Daniel and my phones/lines and call logs are available for scrutiny":

Most security operatives are not daft, they know what is called 'alibi' and it does not hold water, nor does it stand as defense where Senator Kasamu is or was to get his devilish or sinister plot executed.

11. That it is true that he has political differences with OGD since 2009 after working together for some time. Even at that, he has not once been linked with any form of violence:

This is self-service. There are very many contrary proofs of this spurious claims. Only those who survived it can tell the tale, Honourable, now Oba Razak Adewusi, the Onijoun of Ijoun will have a very different view of this claim after he was swindled on party ticket for which he paid during the 2015 elections. Many others still nurse their silent fears and afraid to speak.

12. That OGD's reign as the Governor of Ogun State was synonymous with violence, fear and politically-motivated killings which have stopped since he left office:

I hope some of these diaries of violence in Ogun State, after OGD left office in 2011 should assist the uneducated Senator about the implausibility of his claim

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13. That over 120 undergraduates in Ijebu North Local Government at the Olabisi Onabanjo University (OOU) were murdered; that he (Buruji) got some of those who carried out the dastardly acts to confess to their most horrendous deeds in sworn affidavits and confessional statements made to a Special team of investigators formed by the Office of the IGP and in 2013 and the State Security Service (SSS): 

This is one of the most uncharitable statement from the pit of hell ever uttered and can only come from an insane mind. But it should not come as a surprise from somebody whose entire life is lived in falsehood; somebody who can lie about his own identity will lie on anything. 

I was an interested participant in the crises under reference which was a communal clash between students of the Olabisi Onabanjo University residing in Ago Iwoye and indigenes. 

The students had protested the arrests of some of their members who they claimed were arrested by the local Vigilante groups for sundry offences including stealing and they were detained in the palace of the Ebumawe of Ago Iwoye. The students stormed the palace of the monarch in a bid to set free their members who they claimed were being treated inhumanly in incarceration and in the process burnt down the palace of the Ebumawe. This snowballed into crises between the students and the local Vigilante. 

Sadly the then Governor, Otunba Gbenga Daniel was not even in the country, he was somewhere around France, so he could not even know what was happening until around 6pm in the evening when he was briefed on phone. He there and then ordered that urgent steps be made firat for the evacuation of the students from the community. I had two younger brothers who were also at OOU then and this fired my interest on the rescue operations. Now, I think the senseless writer would assume his readers are as senseless as him without asking the question on what would a Governor stand to gain with the killing of over 120 students? Even as I can say authoritatively that the casualty figure was not anywhere near the 120 figure so senselessly quoted. 

The then Commissioner of Police was retired AIG Alapini whom we met at the Presidential Lodge (which served as his temporary accomodation when he newly resumed in the state before his Official quarters was put in order); he mobilised Mobile Policemen who came to the state from somewhere in Niger State to do some verifications at the Mopol 16 because he do not have enough officers on ground to assist in the evacuation process. We went to the Government House to hijack some newly procured long buses, distributed the policemen in each of the buses, bought fuel on credit at the Fatgbems Petroleum on Abiola Way junction with a promise to pay on our return because of the emergency situation at hand. We parked the buses at Aiyegbami junction and go into houses to rescue the students, take them to Ijebu Ode garage and give transport moneys to some of them who cannot afford it. 

How and where does Otunba Daniel come into all these? Except in the warped minds of criminal people.

14. That "OGD during the recently held PDP National Convention sponsored the filing of a suit purportedly meant to stop the convention and turned round to lie to notable leaders of our party that I was the one who filed the suit. That is what he seeks to do with this latest hoax, all because of his morbid fear of my towering political status": 

There is a suggestion here that somebody is sick in the mind. He claimed in one breadth that OGD "sponsored" a suit and yet Buruji is the one claiming to be beneficiary of the by-product of that suit which is the purported "Order" seeking to legitimize an expired executive committee which Buruji is claiming. Is he in anyway claiming OGD sued on his behalf?

15. That "this was the strategy employed by Adebutu (who works closely with him) exactly one year ago. The matter ended up in the court and the Police have since issued an interim report exonerating me of the unfounded allegation (See Annexures 8 and 9)": 

But Buruji failed to tell the public that instead of answering to police invitation on the said allegation he rather went to court trying to stop the police from inviting him. If he has nothing to fear, why is he running away from the police and other security agencies, and one would hope he will not deploy the same strategy in this circumstance when invited.

Steve Oliyide

Former Special Assistant to the Governor (Media) 2003-2011

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