National leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Bola Tinubu, has denied being a role model to the senator-elect in Ogun State, Buruji Kashamu. In a statement signed by Sunday Dare, his media adviser and made available to newsmen, it said for Kashamu “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.”
The statement described the sudden turn in Kashamu’s singing praise of the former governor of Lagos State as cynical fawning that would not work. “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 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. “Kashamu has blown wherever the prevailing winds took him. He stood for nothing and sacrificed nothing except the people’s welfare,” the statement added. Tinubu added that Kashamu was taking a wrong step at a wrong time, adding that “Kashamu is knocking on the wrong door at the wrong house at the wrong time.”