“I’m on a mission,” Obanikoro says as he dumps PDP for APC
A former Minister of State for Defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, officially defected to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Saturday, saying he is on a mission.
His defection ceremony took place at the Campos mini stadium in Lagos Island.
Obanikoro was a minister under the Goodluck Jonathan administration.
He had a running battle with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on allegations bordering on financial crimes.
He left for the United States shortly after his party lost the 2015 elections and he ceased being a minister.
Obanikoro defected to the APC along with other PDP bigwigs in the state, including a former aide of former president Jonathan, Mrs Modupe Sasore.
Others are a national officer of the PDP, Mr Jide Damazio, and another PDP chieftain, Chief Kola Balogun.
They were received by chieftains of APC, including the state chairman, Chief Henry Ajomale; Alhaji Kashim Imam, Chief James Odunbaku as well as the Attorney General of Lagos State, Mr Adeniji Kazeem who represented Governor Akinwunmi Ambode.
In his speech, Obanikoro said: “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.
“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,” Obanikoro said.