Asiwaju trying to lure Obanikoro to APC with wife’s Senatorial seat
If not for trust issues and a fear of being used and dumped,news just unearthed confirms that People's Democratic Party in Lagos state would have been on the verge of Political extinction by now.According to sources deeply ensconed within Lagos state Politics,Asiwaju Tinubu in need of a strong and dogged Political ally,to check his taciturn associates and shore up his powerbase with the way things were going in the All Progressive Party especially as a result of the Gubanitorial fall out, had reached out to former People's Democratic Party candidate Musiliu Obanikoro with a very nice offer to defect to the APC.
The National leader taking advantage of the running rift koro had with Ogunlewe and Bode George, had promised Obanikoro the Senatorial seat of his wife Senator Remi Tinubu,he also promised to refund all the expenses he had incurred so far in the run up with a nice bonus.To show the party's seriousness and commitment to the subterranean deal,it will be recalled that the All Progressive Congress and implicitly supported Obanikoro although not directly for obvious reasons publicly during his public altercation with Bode George.Sources said while the deal sounded fair to Obanikoro who had only offered a noncommital response to Tinubu, he disclosed to his close knit circle that he did not believe nor trust Asiwaju,he reasoned that the party was trying to use him to strike at the underbelly of the People's Democratic Party in Lagos and also weaken his Political appeal and platform in Lagos.
It was this developement the Presidency caught wind of that had strenghtened Koro's hand as a ministerial nominee and sped things up.It will be recalled that Obanikoro used to be one of Asiwaju Tinubu's strongest allies due to his strong grassroot political platform,even though they parted ways several years ago they still maintain a cordial and friendly relationship.Asiwaju and the All Progressive Congress know that Obanikoro teaming up with Jimi Agbaje is a potential headache for Ambode and even Lagos votes regarding President Jonathan.Hence the reason they took the gamble to try and turn such a high profile and entrenched PDP party man notwithstanding the slim chances of him accepting.Another reason why Asiwaju felt compelled to try the move is the delicate balance many of his associates are maintaining due to their grouse over the Gubanitorial ticket fall out.The likes of Ganiyu Solomon,Muiz Banire,Gbenga Ashafa and the present Governor Fashola have not hidden their disdain and real feelings of displeasure over the issue and Asiwaju himself hence he needs a strong Political ally that can cover his back just in case.
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