Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, a former minister of state for Defence and Ex-chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has officially dumped PDP and joined the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC. Obanikoro announced his defection at a Press Conference in Lagos on Tuesday.
Recall that on May 7, Vanguard had reported that Obanikoro who ran in 2011 as the governorship candidate of the PDP in Lagos state would soon pitch his political tent with the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). Sources said Koro, as he is fondly called, has been making overtures to leaders of the ruling party as part of efforts towards his joining the APC. His acceptance in the ruling APC party was judged by some party bigwigs as coming from a positive nod from the national leader of the party, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu. It was however gathered that Tinubu initially showed reluctance to Obanikoro’s return to his political camp which he deserted over a decade ago to join the then ruling PDP. But the national leader soft-pedaled on his stance after the former Minister reached out to some prominent Lagosians to intercede on his behalf before Tinubu. “And when he met Asiwaju, he apologized profusely for his past misdeeds and political miscalculations. You know Asiwaju has a large heart. It appears he forgave him and gave a positive nod to his quest to join the APC. Following that, Obanikoro met and discussed with several other party leaders, one of the bigwigs had said.
‘It is disingenuous to accuse everyone who calls for restructuring as trying to break up the county. History tells us that that kind of cheap blackmail will not work as long as the underlying reasons for the agitations persist.’
‘The biggest challenge seems to be that we seem to be allowing moderate voices on this issue to be drowned out by the reckless utterances of a few rabble rousers on all sides who may be tools in the hands of those who do not wish this country well. These are some of the people who arrogate to themselves the toga of spokespersons of our diverse groups.’
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