Obanikoro Blasts APC Over Denial Of Buhari’s Stoning In Lagos
MUSILIU Obanikoro, a former junior defence minister and one of the casualties of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) gubernatorial primaries, has condemned the All Progressives Congress (APC) for denying the stoning of it presidential candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd) in Lagos.
Buhari was reportedly stoned at Idumagbo area of Isale-Eko, Lagos by irate mob while making his way to the APC Presidential rally.
Describing the incident as well deserved, considering the suffering inflicted on Nigerians by General Muhammadu Buhari while he was Head of State, especially with the cancellation of the Lagos monorail project initiated by Governor Lateef Jakande, Obanikoro called on Lagosians to eschew violence.
He said: “However, I belong to the school of thought that we must not repay evil with evil and as such cannot condone any form of violence or reprisal attacks on the person of General Buhari.
Berating the situation, where the Oba of Lagos is seen fraternising with Buhari, the former minister said the leadership of PDP if voted to power would correct the anomality.
“The APC’s disclosure that General Buhari rode in an open bus with the Oba of Lagos is a prime example of everything wrong with the APC leadership. Under the APC, our monarchs in Lagos have thrown caution to the wind, becoming openly partisan. I will leave my thoughts on this for another day, however I strongly believe such unethical, irresponsible and untraditional practices will come to an end when Governor Jimi Agbaje resumes office,” he said.
Obanikoro, who describes himself, as the most experienced politician produced by Lagos State in contemporary democratic history, has stated that his second ministerial nomination was as a result of his academic credentials and record of service to Lagos and Nigeria.
He stressed,” whether the APC chooses to admit the stony welcome Buhari received in Lagos or not, our message and position on peace remains consistent. We must ensure on all sides that as the political campaigns gear up for the final weeks ahead, all electioneering activities are violence free.