Why Lagos-PDP Rejected Obanikoro As Gubernatorial Candidate – PDP Elders

Published 4 years ago by: Mister Jay Wonder
at 05:54 AM, 10/12/2014 (4 years ago)

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Former Minister of State for Defence, Musiliu Obanikoro has lost the governorship slot of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to newcomer, Jimi Agbaje.

The PDP primaries held on December 8, and Agbaje defeated “Koro” with 434 votes to 346.
Obanikoro had already been pegged by many as the winner due to his political experience and longer membership of the PDP. However, here are three likely reasons why he lost to Agbaje:

He didn’t have the support of the party leadership

The leadership of the Lagos State branch of the PDP was against Koro’s emergence as its governorship candidate. A chieftain of the party, Adeseye Ogunlewe had stated before the elections that Obanikoro could not emerge as the Lagos State governorship candidate of the PDP and he urged delegates to vote for the person that could deliver Lagos to the party.
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“We will never pick him, we will never return to Babylon. We will do what the electorates want. We will never, never, never pick him. I have answered you, we will never return to Babylon, never,”
Ogunlewe said of Obanikoro.

The PDP Elders’ Council of Lagos State, headed by Chief Olabode George, Ogunlewe, among others also stated that said Obanikoro was not electable.

He is too controversial. Obanikoro has been severally described as a thug and Ogunlewe said that he could not be chosen as the PDP’s flag bearer because he is too controversial.

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“It is the candidate that will be able to convince the people and they must be able to appreciate the candidate. The time is too short and the aspirant will not have time to be answering questions about allegations.”
“Questions like what happened in City Hall. What happened to the pilgrimage funds, what is your date of birth? Is it 1960 or 1954? Where is your school certificate? What is your proper name, is it Obanikoro or Onikoro? All those things we don’t have time to be answering them anymore…”
“Nobody is saying the allegations are true but they are questions that are unanswered and a political party should not spend too much of its time answering questions that are already in possession of the opposition.”


Bode George also accused Obanikoro of bringing thugs to the venue of the primaries in a bid to tamper with the process. “You asked me who was responsible for the thugs who nearly marred the situation this morning. Who else can that be? It is Obanikoro of course. He has penchant for doing so,” George said.

He has lost once before

Obanikoro contested in the Lagos governorship elections of April 2007 on the platform of the PDP but lost to incumbent Governor, Babatunde Fashola of the Action Congress, now All Progressives Congress (APC).

Ogunlewe also stated that the PDP would not choose a candidate who possessed qualities lower than Fashola’s saying that the lucky candidate would be a professional with appropriate pedigree, among others.
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“We don’t want hooligans again that will be carrying guns and fighting on the streets. We have passed that stage. We must move forward, Lagos is the centre of economic activities,”
he added.











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DrSoba at 06:07 AM, 10/12/2014 (4 years ago)
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Politricks,  why would the so called party eliers determine Obanikoro's winning?
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morgrawl231 at 06:25 AM, 10/12/2014 (4 years ago)
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It is becoming more interesting,,,,,
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Wysetots at 07:15 AM, 10/12/2014 (4 years ago)
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Poised for Looting !!
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Wysetots at 07:15 AM, 10/12/2014 (4 years ago)
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Poised for Looting !!
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Machealex at 07:17 AM, 10/12/2014 (4 years ago)
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Nawaoo
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zeigbo at 07:58 AM, 10/12/2014 (4 years ago)
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well said Roll Eyes

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Raphaeltaiwo at 08:01 AM, 10/12/2014 (4 years ago)
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The political terrain is taking a better shape. Good reasons. Lagos is politically mature.
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paulohking at 08:04 AM, 10/12/2014 (4 years ago)
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.
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bankadetoun at 08:57 AM, 10/12/2014 (4 years ago)
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Ogunlewe is on point, He has said it all. I love your tought.
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beneno at 08:58 AM, 10/12/2014 (4 years ago)
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 Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Roll Eyes
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Fertymor at 09:14 AM, 10/12/2014 (4 years ago)
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Ok
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dareper at 09:21 AM, 10/12/2014 (4 years ago)
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O boy! Una don use mouth finished this man
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femjay at 09:25 AM, 10/12/2014 (4 years ago)
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Abeg na becos obanikoro no settle them with money: na money tinz nw
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echeeche at 10:04 AM, 10/12/2014 (4 years ago)
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He still want to rule lagos?
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Onyibochukwu at 11:14 AM, 10/12/2014 (4 years ago)
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Obanikoro if you will hear my advice go and rent a shop and start saling cement!
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elchymo at 03:10 PM, 10/12/2014 (4 years ago)
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Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Roll Eyes
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elchymo at 03:12 PM, 10/12/2014 (4 years ago)
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Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Roll Eyes
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bamilok2008 at 07:40 PM, 10/12/2014 (4 years ago)
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Jimi Agbaje will compete and likely win
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bospak at 11:17 PM, 10/12/2014 (4 years ago)
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Hmmm
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