The Minister says APC is using his name as an excuse for its impending loss at the polls.
The Minister of State for Defence, Musiliu Obanikoro, has described allegations by the All Progressives Congress, APC, against him, in connection with Saturday’s governorship election in Ekiti as “symptomatic of the APC’s frustration over an impending defeat by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.”
The APC, through its new chairman, John Oyegun, had accused Mr. Obanikoro of leading a PDP plot to manipulate the Ekiti election.
Mr. Obanikoro, in a statement on Thursday by his Special Assistant on Media and Strategy, Ohimai Amaize, however, said it was not surprising that the APC had once again resorted to character assassination and cheap sleaze rather than focusing on issues-based politics.
“The allegations against Senator Obanikoro on Wednesday in Abuja by the APC, through its newly selected Chairman, Chief Odigie Oyegun are not only callous and utterly disingenuous but clearly the desperate antics of a drowning man clutching at dry straws.
“Chief Odigie has his hands full struggling to steer the ship of a disoriented, disorganised and sinking APC. He should concentrate on fixing the mess that the APC has become and desist from allowing his name to be dragged in the mud by desperate politicians who consider Obanikoro the nemesis of the APC in the South-West,” the statement said.
The Minister also asked the APC not to use his name to “advance a post-election narrative for the impending failure of the APC in the Ekiti gubernatorial elections,” adding that this was a very poor strategy lacking in truth, honour and decency.
Mr. Obanikoro said he would not be intimidated by the antics of the APC.
The Ekiti governorship election has as main candidates, incumbent governor Kayode Fayemi of the APC, Ayo Fayose of the PDP, and Opeyemi Bamidele of the Labour Party.