Again, Senate refuses to clear Obanikoro

FILE PHOTO: Musiliu Obanikoro at the Lagos PDP governorship primaries rally

The Senate on Wednesday refused to deliberate on the ministerial nomination of a former Minister of State for Defence, Musiliu Obanikoro.

The Senate cleared four ministerial nominees and shifted debates on another three, including Mr. Obanikoro, to next week.

The deferment was the second in one week for Mr. Obanikoro who is at the centre of an election rigging scandal.

PREMIUM TIMES understands the exercise was deferred by the Senate President, David Mark, ostensibly to save Mr. Obanikoro the embarrassment of being defeated by members of the All Progressives Congress, APC, who have vowed to block his candidacy.

Mr. Obanikoro was nominated the second time by President Goodluck Jonathan after he failed to clinch the Lagos State governorship ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

He is currently embroiled in the infamous Ekiti rigging audio tape crisis, where he is heard virtually threatening a Brigadier General should he fail to support his preferred candidate.

APC Senators have vowed to ensure Mr. Obanikoro is not cleared to be minister, citing the Ekiti election rigging tape.

The Ekiti audio recording emerged early February highlighting Mr. Obanikoro’s participation alongside Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti; Iyiola Omisore; a man identified as Honourable Abdulkareem, and the Minister for Police Affairs, Jelili Adesiyan.

The 37-minutes audio recordings and affidavit were provided by Sagir Koli, a Captain in the 32nd Artillery Brigade stationed in Ekiti State. Mr. Koli has since fled the country for fear of retaliation.

Mr. Koli recorded the conversation on June 20, 2014, when he was asked to accompany his Commanding Officer, Brigadier General Aliyu Momoh, to the meeting. The venue was the Spotless Hotel in Ado-Ekiti.


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  • Can you imagine obanikoro as a minister in Nigeria? Shit!

    • Jika

      In Goodluck’s Nigeria anything goes!!!!!!

      • Goodluck_Nigeria

        Can you imagine a senile and demented 73 year old primary school drop-out and certificate forger as President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria ?

        • eddy

          May u not attain the age of 70.

          • Datti

            Amen!

        • zacchaeus Akinleye

          Buhari is mentally capable than you, young imbecile.

        • Julius

          Yes I can .He is better than the dumb azz president that we have now

        • Ajayi Ifayemi

          I guess you prefer a young rogue to a 73 year old man with integrity. It is the sign of the times in Nigeria. Our morals have been turned upside down.

  • Charlotte

    There are better PDP lagosians he can pick from. Obanikoro is just bad news.

  • eddy

    This man obanikoro may have damaged his political career forever.

  • Dankasa

    Good_Nigeria, change your nationality by 29th May, 2015 when the Certificate forger will be sworn in as the new PRESIDENT. You like it or not, the drop out is gonna be your new President of our new Nigeria. You can go to hell!

  • logmein2nite

    Just imagine the kind of characters that make up this government. And few still don’t understand why we need change.

  • Adeboye Bakare

    For you to gain appointment 4rm pdpgej, u must b a 1st class criminal

  • Yusuf

    Nija in the hands of useless people, someone that should be in jail by now is battling to be minister; his crime is no more his concern and not the concern of the senators. PDP has not shame

  • Jones

    David Mark is scheming to smuggle Obanikoro in as minister through the back door. He invited Koro to come to the senate when he should be under investigation by the police. Mark can clear a prostitute as Minister.

    • hummm

      They will keep adjourning his hearing until the election date in 3 weeks.olodo

  • Sword of Damocles

    another Newspaper is reporting that the Senate had a “rambunctious” executive session today in which Senate president Mark attempted to persuade APC Senators to allow Kro to “Bow and Go” , whereas those Senators were insisting that Koro must answer questions relating to the Jonathan’s subversion of the OUR(the people’s) will in the state of Ekiti. Senator mark insisted that He would not preside over a Senate that breaks the “Bow and Go” rule. This man called Mark has no RESPECT for us(the masses). Imagine this bushman/ primitive brute not understanding that persons that have committed this kind of offense against NOT ONLY THE NIGERIAN PEOPLE BUT OUR NASCENT DEMOCRACY cannot be a minister in the govt. of the FRN. He is INSISTING that Koro be confirmed. We must remove all these SCUM from our political scene. You wonder why Nigeria is “HOBBESLAND” personified. When you have Jagudas(PDP)/ inmates running the asylum, then you get chaos, aka Nigeria. These worthless individuals that could care less if you or I live or die, need to be vanquished from our midst. David Mark , believe me you wont be Senate President for ever,(the goal is to wipe that arrogant smirk from your face).

    • godwin

      Go and wip it from his face ur self or is it by hiding behind an alias on social media,with ur jaundiced eyes that are coloured along party lines u fail to realise that ex Senator is not even under investigation talk less of being found guilty,if apc felt that the Ekitikete election was indeed rigged they are free to go to court again but to try and hoodwink us with these kind of public trials on the pages of social media is not permissible in this day and age. Trust the senate as they are all politicians,they will eventually clear him so save ur energy for better things

  • Goga

    Let PDP squeeler, Fani kayode come out and defend Fayose and Obanikoro and save them from this historic embarrassment. SHAME on u all.