Yesterday, we brought you news report on Musiliu Obanikoro, an aspirant at the Lagos Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) gubernatorial primaries, describing the Monday election as a “complete sham”, click here to read that story in case you missed it.
Obanikoro,the immediate past Minister of State for Defence has rejected the result of the PDP governorship primary in which Mr. Jimi Agbaje was declared the winner.
According to reports by Punch, he also berated the state leader of the party, Chief Bode George and a former Minister of Works, Chief Adeseye Ogunlewe, for allegedly manipulating the Monday exercise.
The election was characterised by controversy as the number of votes cast exceeded the number of delegates who actually participated in the primary.
Obanikoro, while addressing a press conference minutes after the event was concluded, said his defeat was orchestrated by George.
He said it was unfortunate that George, who was the leader, could advance another aspirant’s campaign through religious sentiments.
Responding, George said Obanikoro was known by all to be violent and maintained that the people of Lagos could not vote for him, having lost in 2007.
He denied manipulating the primary, adding that he was not a member of the committee. He, however, said the PDP would win Lagos next year and nobody could hold the party to ransom.
He said, “I don’t want to lose my anger but I hate it when people don’t have respect for elders, no respect for others and think that they alone have the right to be there. The day he lobbied to be minister, he brought Adebayo Alao-Akala to my office to prostrate and beg me because they did election here in my compound and he was not selected. He had just one vote.
“Humility and civility are the tenets of growth. How can he say the election was a fight between him and myself? This was a boy that was born in 1960. If I did not go to school, I would have had him as my son. He has the nerves to say he is fighting me.
“I brought him (Obanikoro). He joined the party here. If he has many types of apparels, he will never have as many rags as us. That experience is inborn. The Bible and Quran say respect your parents so that your days may be long.”