By Dapo Akinrefon
Mr Babajide Obanikoro, son of former Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro has dumped the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, for the All Progressives Congress, APC, promising to add value to the party.
Recall that Jide Obanikoro contested chairmanship position of Ikoyi/Obalende Local Council Development Area on two occasions on the PDP platform but lost.
He joined the APC at Ward C in his Ikoyi constituency.
He was welcomed into the party members led by ward chairman, Mr Suleiman Yusuf and former Commissioner of Finance in the state, Mr Wale Edun.
Speaking at the declaration, Obanikoro said his coming to the APC was to be closer to the people and contribute his own quota to his constituency.
He regretted the differences he had with the APC as a result of his membership of the PDP.
He said he had retraced his steps to be part of a progressive party promoting the development of the state.
He, however, expressed appreciation for the warm reception given to him by members of the party just as he promised to do his best to add value to APC.
Obanikoro said: “I thank you for the warm reception and I assure you that I will do my best to take the party to greater heights.
“Also I will do my best to ensure that I carry everyone along and we further build the party together in this area.”
Besides, he said he respected the decision of those who were still in the PDP in the area but urged them to join the APC.
According to him, his defection now meant Ikoyi/Obalende was now for APC as he was joining with his teeming supporters.
In his remarks, the Ward C chairman, Mr Yusuf said the APC was delighted to have Obanikoro on its platform.
He said had no doubt that the politician would add value to his new party as he was from a renowned political family.
On his part, Mr Edun described the coming of Obanikoro as a plus for the party in the area as he was a force to reckon with.
He urged members of the party in the area to gear up for the general election by winning new members.
The former Finance Commissioner also urged members to obtain their Permanent Voter Card, PVC, so they could vote the party ensure victory in the 2019 general elections.