Lagos APC stronger with Obanikoro in its fold –Council Chairman

Sen. Musiliu Obanikoro

The Chairman of Lagos Island East Local Council Development Area, Mr. Kamal Bashua, on Sunday described the defection of Sen. Musiliu Obanikoro from Peoples Democratic Party to the All Progressives Congress as a welcome development.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Obanikoro, a former minister under the Jonathan administration, left the PDP for the APC on Saturday in Lagos.

He was received by party faithful, including APC state chairman, Henry Ajomale and other APC chieftains.

Bashua told NAN in Lagos that Obanikoro’s defection to APC was one of the best things to have happened to the party, especially in his Lagos Island constituency.

He described Obanikoro as “a great mobiliser and an experienced and accomplished politician,” saying his defection would strengthen the party at all levels.

He said the people of Lagos Island, where Obanikoro once served as council chairman, were elated to receive the politician back to their fold.

“”We are happy to receive this great politician back to the APC. We are particularly happy in Lagos Island, his base, that he is joining forces with the APC to further render service to the people.

““He is, no doubt, a popular and an accomplished politician. His coming is a great plus as it would make the party stronger,” he said.

Bashua added the defection meant that the PDP was dead in the state as the politician wielded enormous power in his former party.

The council boss said Obanikoro was a big gain for the APC at a time former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar left the party.

He said the impact of Atiku’s leaving would not be felt in the party.

“Politics is a game of number. Have you seen anyone going with him? So, what impact are we talking about?’’ he asked. (NAN)

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