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Monday, 22 May 2017

If Sheriff wins at the Supreme Court, you will not find people like me in PDP - Obanikoro

If Sheriff wins at the Supreme Court, you will not find people like me in PDP - Obanikoro
- Senator Musiliu Obanikoro says reports that he has defected to the ruling All Progressives Congress is a rumour 

- He says he will leave the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) if the Supreme Court affirms Senator Ali Modu-Sheriff as the party's chairman 

- The Supreme Court will take the final decision on the party's leadership on Thursday, May 25 

Former minister of state for defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, has given reasons why he will leave the PDP. 

He said he will leave the party if the Supreme Court affirms Senator Ali Modu-Sheriff as the PDP chairman. 

Sheriff and former Kaduna state governor, Ahmed Makarfi, are currently at loggerheads over who is the authentic leader of the party.


The apex court will take the final decision on the party's leadership on Thursday, May 25. 

“One thing that is certain is that if Sheriff wins at the Supreme Court, you will not find people like me in the party again. That is certain. Let us not also forget that all politics is local. 

“Without mincing words, anybody can accuse me of anything. I am pleased with what Governor Akinwumi Ambode is doing in Lagos. If at the end of the day, I have to choose between a progressive like him or continue with a PDP being controlled by Sheriff, I would rather opt for the former. 

“Let me categorically tell you that the report that I have defected to the APC is a rumour and it is still a rumour. If a personality like me will leave the Peoples Democratic Party to join another party, it will be done in a grand way. I would call a press conference and tell the whole world that I am moving (to another party). I will also explain the reasons for my defection,” Obanikoro told The Punch. 

He said the crisis that has engulfed the PDP was not good for the country’s democracy, saying Nigerians would lose because they would not have options. 

Obanikoro's visit with Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, Speaker Mudashiru Obasa of the Lagos state House of Assembly and former Deputy Governor Femi Pedro to Tinubu in the latter’s Ikoyi home had spurred speculations that he had joined the APC. 

He dumped Tinubu's camp about a decade ago to join the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) while in the Senate but according to The Nation, he has now expressed interest to re-join the APC. 

Meanwhile, Obanikoro has refuted claims that his family was from Bini Kingdom. He faulted the account of the former minister of works, Chief Femi Okunnu who said Obanikoro was from Benin. 

He stated that the his fore fathers are from Awori in Idiluwo-Ile in Ojo local government area of Lagos. Read more: 

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