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Wednesday, 24 December 2014

LAGOS POLITICS: Obanikoro Makes U Turn, Promises To Work With Jimi Agbaje

The immediate past Minister of State for Defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, has said he will work with the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in Lagos State, Mr. Jimi Agbaje, to wrest power from the All Progressives Congress. Obanikoro had been engaged in a war of words with Agbaje and a leader of the PDP in the state, Chief Bode George, over the party’s controversial governorship primary.Obanikoro had also sued the party for not attending to a petition he wrote over the party’s conduct of the primary which he described as a sham.

However, the Director-General, Koro Campaign Organisation, Dr. Adetokunbo Pearse, told PUNCH correspondent on the telephone that President Goodluck Jonathan had intervened in the feud.

He said part of the terms of the agreement reached with the President was that Obanikoro would be given a senior ministerial slot and not minister of state which is a junior ministerial position.

He said, “We have listened to the President’s appeal and have decided to settle out of court. Obanikoro will return as a minister but part of the terms is that he will be given a full ministerial position. We were told that he would head a ministry but we were not told what ministry in particular.

“He will help the President to campaign in Lagos and we will also work with Agbaje. We are willing to work with Chief Bode George and we will reconcile with the party.”

However, Jimi Agbaje has Picked Funsho William’s Running Mate As Deputy 

The Lagos State governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Mr. Jimi Agbaje, has picked as his deputy Alhaja Safurat Abdulkareem, the running mate of slain governorship aspirant Mr. Funsho Williams, during the 2003 governorship election.

A former Minister of Works, Senator Adeseye Ogunlewe, told our correspondent on Tuesday that she was picked in a bid to “keep the spirit of Funsho Williams alive.”

The development comes less than a week after the All Progressives Congress, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, has picked the Secretary to the State Government, Dr. Oluranti Adebule, as his running mate.
Ogunlewe said with Agbaje as the PDP’s candidate, he was certain that the APC would not rule Lagos beyond 2015.

Also speaking at Ogunlewe’s house, the state Director, Mobilisation, Eko Initiative, Mr. Tajudeen Agoro, said Abdulkareeem is an ex-councillor who hails from the Badagry area of the state

He said she was largely responsible for the victory that the PDP recorded in Badagry when it cleared most of the votes in 2003.

“She was a councillor in Badagry. Before Badagry was split into local council development areas, she was able to secure votes for the PDP in Badagry,” he said.

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Jeremiah Ademolu

Why won't Obanikoro make U-turn, he's sure Jonathan will give him another post

Endy Edeson

@jeremiah: it's really a BIG BLOW to Obanikoro. after assuring himself to win the primaries he shamefully lust out. even if he is appointed senior minister come 2015, it's not really what he wants

Wass Demo

I de laugh ooo!!!

Tunde Isaac Omoyin

Even if he (Obanikoro) won primary election, it doesn't guarantee him to emerge as the winner in governorship election in 2015. So, jimi Agbaje is the right candidate and I prefer him to Koro.

Anuforo Osinachi James

GEJ dosen't know what he is doing, is it anybody he sees that he will appoint as minister? At this crucial time, he wants to mess up. Bring another news jareh....

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