Former Minister of State for Defence,
Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, has on Monday, denied the media report making
rounds, that he had decamped to the ruling All Progressives Congress,
Recall, that the Nation Newspaper had on
Sunday, reported that Obanikoro had concluded plans to dump the
opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and pitch his political tent
with the APC.
Describing reactions to his alleged exit
from the PDP as premature, he wondered why some of those reacting did
not make any efforts to clarify with him, before running to town to
react to the news.
Asked why he was not reacting to news
reports claiming his exit from the PDP, he said: “Why should I react to
speculations? At no point did I confirm to anyone that I was decamping,
or have decamped from PDP.”
However, a former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, had said that he is saddened by Obanikoro’s decision to join the APC.
In a statement, Fani-Kayode said: “My
Brother, Musiliu Obanikoro’s decision to join the APC, irks and saddens
me. I say this, because I have always loved him and I care. You cannot
fight evil by joining it.
“You cannot bring light, by entering the
darkness. You cannot find joy, by partaking in the bread of sorrows.
You and I are royalty.
“We are princes and kings, and children
of the living God. We were taught and brought up to fight to the end,
and never to bow to the enemy.”
Obanikoro is currently under
investigation by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, for
allegedly receiving about N4.7 billion, from the Office of the National
Security Adviser, ONSA.
He was said to have entered into a plea bargain with the Commission, and has made some refunds.
Meanwhile, Political Critics are already
suggesting that his alleged decision to join the APC, is not
unconnected with his corruption case, and a bid to avoid prosecution.