Obanikoro dumps PDP for APC, says “I’m on a mission”

Former junior minister of Defence, Musiliu Obanikoro
Former junior minister of Defence, Musiliu Obanikoro

A former Minister of State for Defence, Musiliu Obanikoro, on Saturday in Lagos dumped the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Mr. Obanikoro’s defection at his Lagos Island constituency ended months of speculations about the status of his political allegiance.

There were earlier reports that he had settled his differences with the national leader of APC, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, as a step to joining the ruling party.

Though Mr. Obanikoro acknowledged reconciling with Mr. Tinubu, he neither denied nor confirmed plans to join the APC.

He, however, finally gave the hint of his defection during a television interview on Thursday.

NAN reports that Mr. Obanikoro defected to the APC along with other PDP bigwigs in the state, including a former aide of former President Goodluck Jonathan, Modupe Sasore.

Others are a national officer of the PDP, Jide Damazio, and another PDP chieftain, Kola Balogun.

They were received by chieftains of APC, including the state chairman, Henry Ajomale; Kashim Imam, James Odunbaku as well as the Attorney General of Lagos State, Adeniji Kazeem, who represented Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode.

Past and serving members of the National Assembly including Ganiyu Solomon, Gbenga Ashafa and Jide Jimoh were among APC bigwigs present.

Presenting the APC flag to Mr. Obanikoro and others, Mr. Ajomale said the coming of the former minister and others meant the opposition was totally dead in the state.

He described Mr. Obanikoro as politically experienced and sagacious, and said his joining the party would no doubt add to the electoral fortune of the party in the state.

“We are happy to receive Obanikoro back in our fold. He was with us when we started the Alliance for Democracy (AD) but he decided to go the other way.

“Thank God he has realised his mistake and he is back. We are indeed happy to get back this big fish, along with others.

“Obanikoro is an asset and he will no doubt add value to our party,’’ he said.

Mr. Obanikoro, in his speech, said he was happy to return to the fold of his age-long political associates after his long sojourn in the PDP.

He said he defected because he could not find fulfillment in the PDP and he joined the ruling party because he had a mission to render service on its platform.

The ex-minister said his former party could not offer him the platform for the kind of service he wanted to render.

“Today, I and others are not just joining the APC for joining sake, we are joining because we are on a mission.

“I had joined the PDP a few years ago with the hope that certain things would be done right to enable me make the desired impact. That did not happen.

“And now, Asiwaju Tinubu has taken leadership to another level, not only in the state, but at the national level.

“So, my joining the APC is not by accident. It is to return to my people and seek a platform on which I can render service to my people, because leadership is about service and co-ordination of talents to achieve results.

“We have looked everywhere, and the only party that offers that platform for service delivery is the APC.

“For me, this is not really a defection; it is a home-coming, because in a way, this is my root. I am happy to return to my people; no place like home,” he said.

Mr. Obanikoro praised the leadership style of Mr. Tinubu, which he said had ensured the development of the state.

He thanked Mr. Tinubu for being magnanimous to accept him back in the fold after years of altercations between them.

“I thank Tinubu for his magnanimity. I am here because he is generous and has a forgiving heart. If it were other leaders, they will say ‘God forbid’.

“He has accepted me back despite all the issues between us, I am grateful to him,” Mr. Obanikoro said.
The former minister said he we would do his best to add value to his new party.

Also, Messrs. Sasore and Balogun took turns to thank the party for allowing them into the fold.

They said they could not find fulfillment in PDP hence, the decision to join APC.

The duo promised to do their best to ensure APC progresses in the state.

Mr. Imam, in his remark, said the party was happy to receive Mr. Obanikoro and others.

He said the defection meant the party was the only party in the state, as it marked the end of PDP.

The National Vice-Chairman of the APC (South West), Puis Akinyelure, who represented Mr. Tinubu, said the party was glad about the homecoming of Mr. Obanikoro and others.

He said the defection meant the PDP was dead as Mr. Obanikoro was one of its pillars in the state.

NAN reports it was a carnival-like ceremony as party faithful danced and sang to receive Mr. Obanikoro and the others.

A popular Fuji musician, Wasiu Ayinde Marshal, was on hand to thrill those present. (NAN)


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  • Suleiman Alatise

    The country is full of Waka Waka politicians.

  • Solomon Brown

    Obanikoro’s mission is to get the EFCC off his back. Wash your garments Musliu by pitching tent with the ones who have been after you, but do not complain when no one seems to take you seriously.

    • Ubong

      From today, mr obanikoro, your new title is saint obanikoro.

      • Solomon Brown

        He somehow thinks we can’t see through him.

  • Apostel

    To further enrich himself and cheat the Nigerian people, this perverted pig would even eat his own shit.
    We should throw those filthy pigs in a deep hole and dump shit on them.

    • abodes_124

      He will be one of Buhari’s new ministers. He might even get the defence portfolio again

  • Du Covenant

    Once a thief always a thief, one can forgive but NEVER forget!!!. Why does this man want to be relevant in Nigeria?, when PDP lost he ran out of the country for ‘higher education’ in the US, why does he not want to live in his adopted country and use his ‘education’ to do good in the US?. The simple reason is, he will not be able to get away with the absurdity he can in Nigeria. It is high time we ban anyone with dual citizenship from holding public office in Nigeria. The Australians have woken up to this fact and are cleaning house right now!!.

  • Otile

    Sheik Musiliu Obanikoro is doing this to avoid a disgraceful probe by Imam Buhari. By the end of 2018 all corrupt PDP chieftains will join Islamic APC to avoid disgrace.

    • marcos avelino

      Silly evil animal have nothing to contribute except primitive sectarian hatred . Hitler and Stalin were christians after all

    • marcos avelino

      Evil man you are a great sower of sectarian hatred in your own country and you will reap your harvest

  • Eluba Inas

    May God save Nigeria from greedy selfish politicians.

  • Arogbo

    Obanikoro was the chief money bag of the Jonathan presidency, now this guy is back in APC? This is a total outrage. Nigeria is a banana republic indeed.

    • atakamosu

      APC, what fight against corruption? Recycled crooks.

      • marcos avelino

        You are a crook as well , its just because you have not gotten the chance

        • Pluti

          Go read newspapers of last year and early this year, you go see where dem suggest say him na crook wen dem carry money for airport during election

        • abodes_124

          Of course we are all crooks. that’s what we are saying.

  • Tunsj

    I believe Obanikoko wholeheartedly when he stated that “I’m on a mission”. He is on a mission to steal more money and avoid paying back the remaining amount of the money he stole. What a country!!

  • Don Messi

    “Where the dead body is, there the VULTURES will gather…”
    -JESUS CHRIST

  • Steve

    He’s on a kangaroo mission just like his cohort Atiku, hopping from one political party to the other. Public nuisance.

  • Enemona

    If you map Nigerian politic carpet crossing, it looks like dreadlocks. But, if you map the policy and implementation ideas, it looks like a blank canvas. Empty heads and stinking attitudes!

  • Yego V

    Moving from northern hell to western hell. The good thing about your journey : you don’t need visa

  • Osakue

    Ashewo!

    • yukkmouff

      HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!

  • Julius

    Smh, what a joke !

  • Anonymous

    Saint Obanikoro, welcome to APC SAINTHOOD.

  • Timmmi Tewo

    I believe is mind at rest now No more visiting EFCC, No detention very soon his Court case file will disappear he will become Saint man like Orji Uzor Kalu and others…….. hmmmmmmmmm PMB is fighting corruption

    • abodes_124

      If na you nko?

  • XRAY

    Hahahahahahaha, on a mission indeed! After all the ranting and humiliation by the ruling party that he was a thief and corrupt officer, it turned out to be an intimidating strategy to cow him to join the ruling party. Now he is a saint. We are sincerely fighting corruption. I pity this country call Nigeria.

    • abodes_124

      Poor man .. Do not blame him. He can now sleep easily at night. No risk of long days in EFCC dungeon stripped to his pants or in Kuje prison with Boko Haram terrorists. He is no longer a PDP thief but an APC saint. I am now waiting for Ibori’s big event when he will welcomed to ‘his natural home’ in the APC. Diezani will not be too far behind. I like this strategy of fighting corruption. Bring all the thieves under one roof. No one left to prosecute. Lai can then proudly announce that Corruption has been defeated!

      • XRAY

        You got right there !