By Dapo Akinrefon
FORMER Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro yesterday distanced himself from the crisis rocking the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Lagos State just as he threw his weight behind the suspension of the state chairman, Captain Tunji Shelle.
He said this when the party leadership met with lawmakers elected on the party’s platform.
Obanikoro, who said those accusing him of been the arrowhead in the crisis are been unfair to him.
He said “I want to strongly throw my weight behind the other speakers that have spoken before me that there is only one PDP in Lagos State. I have never been a member of the state executives and I have no right or privilege to be part of those who suspended the state chairman. The youngest among the state executives is 40 years old and for anybody to insinuate that it is Obanikoro that created the situation for the suspension of Captain Tunji Shelle, I think it is preposterous and unfair to my person.”
While he promised to join hands with the Owolabi Olorunoje leadership, he said “having said that, I am prepared to join hands with you to move the party forward. we saw a good example in Britain, immediately the parties failed, the two leaders of the Liberal Democratic and the Labour Party resigned their positions. why should someone, who has served as secretary and chairman wants to perpetuate himself in power when his colleagues no longer have confidence in him? one should know when to move forward and when to do the needful.”