Monday 26 June 2023

How Buhari's appointee worked with PDP in elections in Osun - PDP Chieftain

More facts have emerged on how one of the  appointees of former President Muhammadu Buhari, Dr Najeem Salaam, worked against the All Progressives Congress ( APC) in all the elections held in the state in 2022 and 2023.

Today, during a current affairs radio programme monitored in Osogbo, Osun State, Dr Salaam, a director in the Nigerian  Communication Satellite Limited (NigComSat) was mentioned by a PDP chieftain, Engr Kehinde Raji ( ARAJ), as one of the key APC leaders who were funded by the Adeleke's family to facilitate election winning for the party.

According to Raji, "During the last electioneering, the former speaker of the Osun State House of Assembly, Rt Hon. Najeem Salaam, directed me to disburse N4million received from the Adelekes family to sort some security exigencies during the elections. The money was disbursed for the purpose it was meant for and proper accounts, as to the disbursement, were made to the appropriate quarters."

Raji and Sallam are prominent associates of the former minister of interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, and there are allegations that they were instructed by Aregbesola, also from Osun, to work for the success of PDP in all the elections in the state.

Discussing the development after the radio programme, a social scientist who is also the convener of Renewed Mandate in Nigeria, Raphael Akanji, said the revelation by Kehinde Raji (Araj) was a further proof that the Ejigbo-born politician was flagrantly involved in anti-party activities and should be sanctioned appropriately.

"It is unfortunate that someone of Dr Najeem Salami's calibre, who was given a very big federal appointment on the recommendation of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and was also given the courtesy to nominate the  SSG to Oyetola, soiled his hand with this little money from PDP. It is sadder given the fact that he also received huge amount of money from the former governor, Alhaji Adegboyega Oyetola, to work for the APC in the elections. How do we explain the fact he engaged in double-dealing? This is shameful."

Sallam, noted to be the second-in-command to Aregbesola in the state,  coordinated the activities of a factional group within Osun APC allegedly used by the former governor to unsettle the peace of the mainstream APC.

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