- Chief Henry Ajomale says that Obanikoro used to be a member of the defunct Alliance for Democracy where he benefited a lot from Bola Tinubu before he joined the PDP
- He states that the APC knew Obanikoro would one day return back to his roots
- Ajomale discloses that the APC is also expectant of the return of Chief Bode George to the party
Chief Henry Ajomale, chairman of the Lagos chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has reacted to the alleged defection of former minister of state (Defence) Musiliu Obanikoro to the party.
In an interview with The Sun, Ajomale stated that he was not surprised at the development.
The APC chieftain noted that even though Obanikoro had turned his back on the APC national leader Chief Bola Tinubu whom he had benefited greatly from, all was forgiven.
He stated: “You know he was one of us before he decamped to PDP. When we were in the defunct Alliance for Democracy, AD, he was with us.
“He benefitted a lot from the party because Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu loved him”.
“Tinubu made him a commissioner in his cabinet when he was governor of Lagos State and later Obanikoro was also given senatorial ticket by AD and that was how he became a senator on the platform of AD.
“Suddenly for reason best known to him, he decamped to PDP.
“But all along nobody took offence to his action because we all knew that Obanikoro will one day come back.
“Obanikoro is like the prodigal son in the Bible who bite the fingers that fed him, but just like the biblical prodigal son was forgiven by his father, we have also forgiven Obanikoro.
“That’s to tell Nigerians that Asiwaju Tinubu has a large heart; very accommodating.
“With what Obanikoro did to AD, ACN and later APC when he was in PDP some would have thought Tinubu and other APC leaders would not forgive Obanikoro, but Tinubu doesn’t bear grudges. He forgives easily.
“He is not an autocrat or a dictator that some people portray him to be.
“With Obanikoro now in APC, the next big fish we are expecting in APC is Chief Bode George. He is coming to join us very soon, to join APC in helping to transform Lagos State into Dubai of Africa.”
NAIJ.com reported earlier that Obanikoro, a top member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) allegedly finally joined the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Several reports say Obanikoro made the announcement at a press conference in Lagos on Tuesday, June 20, days after meeting with the national leader of the APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.
NAIJ.com also reported afterwards that Obanikoro debunked the rumours that he is no longer a member of the PDP.
Obanikoro disclosed this via his verified Twitter handle @MObanikoro on Tuesday, June 20. The rumours of Obanikoro's exit from the PDP were sparked by his attendance of the town hall meeting organised by the APC senator representing Lagos central senatorial district, Remi Tinubu.
Watch this NAIJ.com TV video of a man regretting being a member of the APC.