Lagos West Senatorial Primary: Who Wins The Race?
Nigeria News takes a look at the Lagos West Senatorial District and the aspirants jostling for the single slot.
The hen has come back home to roost. The rain outside is heavy and at this seasons of defection, there is the need for the chickens to seek a safe haven.
For Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, it is time to join the All Progressives Congress, APC where his mentor, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu is a leader. He said when he decamped from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP a few months ago that he had learnt his lesson outside not staying with Tinubu.
No doubt, Tinubu has been the most consistent politician in this dispensation. Instead of him to cross carpet, the former Lagos State Governor will not mind sinking and rising again with his party. He has done better as a leader of the opposition and has helped to solidify democracy in the country.
When Obanikoro announced his return, some of us quickly sensed that he was coming to fight for a position, using APC as a platform. He lost credibility with the PDP and having being probed and detained by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission for alleged money laundering, his chance in Lagos PDP became slimmer.
Currently, Obanikoro has indicated interest to contest the Lagos West senatorial seat under the APC. He believes he’s the true son of Lagos that should win the ticket against the popular Senator Adeola Solomon.
Obanikoro, a former Commissioner for Homes Affairs under Tinubu, it would be recalled won the Lagos Central Senatorial District seat in 2003 under the Alliance for Democracy but later crossed to PDP.
Obanikoro, a former Minister of State for Defence is of the view that Solomon, aka “Yayi” is from Ogun State and should go back to his state to contest but not Lagos.
Solomon actually tested his popularity in Ogun State in the last few months to contest for the state governorship election but met a brick wall. He had to return to Lagos West where he is largely accepted.
However, while “Yayi” was struggling to sell himself in Ogun State, Obanikoro and many other aspirants, including the former Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Mrs Joke Orelope-Adefulire, the former Commissioner for Transportation, Kayode Opeifa and former Commissioner for Works, Ganiu Johnson had gained more supports in Lagos.
At a rally organized by the senatorial district, it took the intervention of the police to douse the tension when the supporters of Obanikoro and Solomon stood against themselves for a street battle.
The supporters of “Yayi”, a two-term member of the Lagos State House of Assembly and one-term Federal House of Representative member alleged that the leadership of the party at the senatorial district was planning to impose Obanikoro, a prodigal son on the party as the senatorial candidate.
“This cannot work. Obanikoro has defected, left for PDP since 2003 and has no right to dictate the pace now that he just crossed to APC,” Yayi supporters chorused at the rally.
The race stands between Solomon whose state of origin is Ogun and Obanikoro, an alleged prodigal son of the soil who naturally has his base in Lagos Central.
“Koro Ibo” as fondly called is not ready to contest against Senator Oluremi Tinubu, wife of his former boss, Bola Tinubu who will be contesting from Lagos Central.