Sunday, November 23, 2014

"We Don’t Need An Apprentice Governor In Lagos, I Am The Only One Who Can Beat Tinubu"-Obanikoro Talks Tough

The immediate past Minister of State for Defence, Musiliu Obanikoro, says he is the only person that can wrest power from the All progressives Congress in Lagos.

He added that he was the only one that could rescue the state from the influence of a former Governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, who is believed to have been largely responsible for the success the APC had been experiencing at the polls since 1999.

Obanikoro said this while addressing party leaders and supporters at the state secretariat of the Peoples Democratic Party where he announced his intention to contest in the state's governorship election.

"It is time to liberate Lagos from Bola Tinubu, the emperor of Bourdillon. It is time for Tinubu to go. This state has been ruled by one man for the past 16 years," he said.

The former minister told members of the party that it was time for all of them to be united and understand that they were all fighting one enemy- the APC.

Obanikoro would have to defeat his biggest rival, Mr. Jimi Agbaje, at the primaries next month in order to clinch the ticket of the party.

He, therefore, told members of the party that only a person who had experience in governance could improve the fortunes of the state.

Obanikoro, who has served as a local government chairman, a senator, a High Commissioner and a minister, urged members of the party to vote at the primaries based on experience, not sentiments.

He said, "Experience can never be purchased. This state has been ruled by one man for the past 16 years and I can tell you that only those who have served in government can make meaningful change.

"Those who don't have experience cannot make meaningful change, they will only go there to start learning governance and we don't need an apprentice governor in Lagos. See the quantum debt sustained by the APC in this state. Only one person can win and fix Lagos and that is Obanikoro."

The governorship aspirant dispelled rumours that he was a violent man.

He argued that he had never been found wanting ever since he joined active partisan politics.

While pointing at his two sons that attended the event, he said, "I have been married for 34 years. Is there anywhere in the world where a thug has been married for that long? Look at my children, do they look like products of a violent upbringing?"

Earlier, the Chairman of the PDP in the state, Capt. Tunji Shelle (retd.), promised that the primaries would be free and fair, adding that no aspirant would be imposed on the party.‎

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