Nigeria: Obanikoro regroups PDP caucus to fight Asiwaju, Yayi over Lagos west senate
London, July 31, 2018 (AltAfrica)-As a former Peoples Democratic Party, PDP chieftain, Ambassador Musiliu Obanikoro is set to declare his intention to run for senate of the Lagos West Senatorial District in 2019,
It’s been revealed that he is recruiting mostly PDP elements in Lagos for his onslaught at wresting Lagos West from the grip of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu group as a base to run for governor in 2023 after Governor Akinwunmi Ambode’s second term.
Reliable sources close to his campaign organization headquarters located at GRA, Ikeja revealed that Obanikoro realizing Asiwaju Tinubu’s tacit support for the incumbent Senator Solomon Olamilekan Adeola, a. K. a. Yayi, which has led to all party structures in Lagos West endorsing him, Yayi for Second term decided to recruit his former PDP supporters to fight Asiwaju by claiming to be fighting for an ‘indigene agenda’ in Lagos West whereas, his target is to once again betray and attack Asiwaju as he did as Lagos Central Senator in a prelude to have a base in Lagos West where it is expected that the successor for Ambode will come from.
“When Yayi declared to re-contest as Senator of Lagos West, Koro was reliably told that it is with the backing of Asiwaju but he told his supporters that it is not true. He however received the shock of his life when all the party structures in Lagos West separately and publicly endorsed Yayi for Second Term with the slogan “No Vacancy in Lagos West” the source said.
It was gathered that attempts to reach out to some of the noted Lagos West leaders including former chairman of the party, Chief Henry Ajomale, Alhaji Rabiu Oluwa, APC Lagos West Leader, Cardinal James Odumbaku, Senator Ganiyu Solomon (GOS) among others were rebuffed confirming that the party have totally committed themselves for the re-election of the incumbent of the seat.
It will be recalled that so far over 350 Leaders of Lagos West, 186 APC Ward Chairmen of Lagos West, 28 Leaders of Councils of the 28 LGAs/LCDAs of Lagos West, 186 Councillors of Lagos West, 28 Chairmen of APC LGAs/LCDAs of Lagos West, Women Leaders from 28 LGAs/LCDAs of Lagos West as well as 25 Council Chairmen of Lagos West among other groups have separately endorsed Senator Adeola for Second Term over the last two weeks.
It was the above scenario that drove Obanikoro to go back to the drawing board and came up with the idea of using his cronies in PDP who defected to APC with him to confront Asiwaju using the spurious agenda of indigeneship.
Another impeccable sources revealed that plan is to weaken the hold of Asiwaju in the largest senatorial district and for once end the era of referring to the senatorial district as “Tinubu’s Country”.
“We are sure that once Koro did not get APC ticket, he will immediately decamp back to PDP to continue where he stopped having only decamped to APC to seek soft landing for his EFCC case. That is why some of us that are original APC members in his camp are worried about his ambition which he has stated is a stepping stone to run for Governor in 2023.” the source stated.
AltAfrica.com gathered that, the revelations of Koro’s real intention is giving leaders of APC from Lagos West some concern as they are against his cross carpeting from Lagos Central to Lagos West as well as his unreliability as a politician with his antecedent as a betrayer of the progressives in Nigeria.