Fallout of Lagos PDP Guber Primaries: Obanikoro, Bode George in Hot Exchange of Words
The former Minister of State for Defence Musiliu Obanikoro has taken a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Olabode George to the cleaners over the outcome of last Monday’s PDP governorship prim aries in Lagos State.
Obanikoro, who lost to Jimi Agbaje in the Lagos PDP governorship primary accused George of being the unseen hand backing the candidacy of Agbaje, a newcomer in the PDP.
He said he will not accept the result of the election and will not offer any congratulatory message to the winner.
Obanikoro accused George of coming to the venue of the rally with thugs to intimidate his supporters.
“it is important for people to know, let me say that the only time the PDP in Lagos has had peace was when George was in prison,” Obanikoro said on Tuesday.
According to Obanikoro, “Before and after coming out of prison, it has always been crises galore. He always creates crisis because he is not democratic in any shape and form. If you want to dictate, do it in your house. Even in your house these days, you have to sit down with your children and come to terms with the realities of the day.”
Obanikoro accused George of sponsoring “SURE P thugs” who occupy Lagos roads illegally, adding that aside using thugs to harass his supporters on the day of the election, the leader tried to stop the police from doing their job. It is unclear what Obanikoro referred to as “SURE P” thugs. SURE P is the programme initiated by the federal government to help cushion the effects of fuel price increase in 2012.
The former minister also accused George of telling the party leaders not to vote a Muslim, adding that it was the same method George used in 2007 to force Funsho Williams on the party.
Obanikoro said: “I am not going to send congratulatory message to anybody because of the manner the election was conducted and the processes that led
However, George while responding to Obanikoro’s allegations in a press conference, described the former minister as a “rude boy” who lacked respect for elders.
“Anytime Koro is contesting, there’ll always be violence,” adding that “Obanikoro was known by all to be violent and maintained that the people of Lagos could not vote for him, having lost in 2007”.
He said, “I don’t want to lose my anger but I hate it when people don’t have respect for elders, no respect for others and think that they alone have the right to be there. The day he lobbied to be minister, he brought Adebayo Alao-Akala to my office to prostrate and beg me because they did election here in my compound and he was not selected. He had just one vote.
“Humility and civility are the tenets of growth. How can he say the election was a fight between him and myself? This was a boy that was born in 1960. If I did not go to school, I would have had him as my son. He has the nerves to say he is fighting me.
“I brought him (Obanikoro). He joined the party here. If he has many types of apparels, he will never have as many rags as us. That experience is inborn. The Bible and Quran say respect your parents so that your days may be long.”
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