A group of Lagosians under the auspices of Group of Concerned Lagosians (GCL) has condemned leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Bode George and Senator Adeseye Ogunlewe, for making frantic efforts to stop former Minister of State for Defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, from contesting in the 2015 Lagos State governorship election of the party’s platform.
The concerned persons, on Monday in a statement signed by its coordinator, Mr. Olayinka Sotade, alleged that the duo are “consistent antagonists involved in character assassination campaign aimed at truncating the gubernatorial aspiration of Obanikoro.”
According to them, by instigating legal action against Obanikoro, George and Ogunlewe are determined to “jeopardise the chances of Lagos PDP by working to stop a popular aspirant from participating in the 2015 governorship election.
“The latest in their character assassination game is a flimsy lawsuit seeking to bar Obanikoro from the polls based on a concocted accusation of dual citizenship. All of these are motivated by a simple fact that Obanikoro will sweep the primaries landslide and then proceed to win the gubernatorial elections.
“Let it be made clear that Obanikoro is a natural born citizen of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and nowhere else, not United States, not UAE, not Mongolia. Instead of meeting him at the party primaries, desperate individuals are resorting to the same dirty tricks they used in years past to at most frustrate his aspiration, and at the least confuse the electorate.
“Having served as Nigeria’s High Commissioner to Ghana and Minister of State for Defence, Obanikoro had the highest level of security clearance obtainable from the federal government. Such clearance comes after a rigorous security check by relevant security agencies. If he was violating the constitution of Nigeria in any way, including allegiance to a foreign power, this would have been discovered and his appointment would never have happened.
“We are solidly behind Obanikoro and wish to let George and his cohorts know that he (Obanikoro) is a true son of Lagos who has served the state decently all through his public service career without any criminal record, accusation or litigation.
“He will not be intimidated by half baked politicians who are already afraid of meeting him at the primaries.”
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