|appearances of ‘one house’ in unseating grounded opposition party with vice grip on power in Lagos state, All Progresses Party.
The pretence lasted till recently held delegate congress that blew the rivalry open.
Obanikoro openly reported George to the party hierarchy for undue interference. And vowed no one can hinder his ambition.
(Here is a link for background - http://societynowng.com/Finally-Musiliu-Obanikoro-Bode-George-Blow-Usual-Fight-Over-Ex-Minister-Gubernatorial-Ambition-Open)
The manner of Bode George’s reaction further damaged the situation and a more tensed atmosphere.
Speaking to newsmen recently on qualities of the PDP wants in a the candidate of choice, Bode George stated in parts ‘..a man with sound pedigree, someone you can trace his lineage... President Jonathan said, ‘no, I don’t have any preferred candidate....As I said, this is the season of rumours; they can flex muscles. That Obanikoro resigned because the president endorsed him, is the greatest lie. ....If you have any blemish in your closet, just ease yourself out quietly. Nobody will come and cover up here; we will expose all of them to the media. The kind of person we want to put forward is someone clean because I remember that in 2007, some of these guys ran away from the Election Petition Tribunal; they couldn’t attend the Tribunal because of the tons of blemish they had in their closets.’
Research shows that Musiliu Obanikoro was the PDP’s gubernatorial candidate for the lagos gubernatorial election.
He lost the election by polling 300,000 votes compared the 800,000 votes polled by then APC candidate and incumbent governor, Babatunde Fashola.
The politicking ahead the election reached the height of mudslinging with questions therown on the lineage of Obanikoro, he was forced into publishing rebuttal that established his claims to quell speculations.
‘ that was what Bode George was making reference to with his lineage talks, the other assertions are self explanatory’.
With public spat becoming the order of the day, it is apparent the two political heavy weights are locked in a do or die political episode.