Former Minister of state for Defence, Musiliu Obanikoro has said he was happy to return to the ruling All Progressives Congress ( APC) after his long sojourn in the Peoples Democratic Part (PDP).
Obanikoro stated this when he officially defected to the party at an event in Lagos Island which was attended by some bigwigs of the party.
He said he defected because he couldn’t find fulfillment in the PDP and he joined the ruling party because he had a mission to render service on its platform.
The ex-Minister said his former party could not offer him the platform for the kind of service he wanted to render.
“Today, I and others are not just joining the APC for joining sake, we are joining because we are on a mission. I had joined the PDP a few years ago with the hope that certain things would be done right to enable me to make the desired impact. That did not happen.
“And now, Tinubu has taken leadership to another level, not only in the state but at the national level. So, my joining the APC is not by accident. It is to return to my people and seek a platform on which I can render service to my people because leadership is about service and coordination of talents to achieve results.
“We have looked everywhere, and the only party that offers that platform for service delivery is the APC.
“For me, this is not really a defection; it is a homecoming, because, in a way, this is my root. I am happy to return to my people; no place like home,” he said.
‘PDP dead in Lagos’
Presenting the APC flag to Obanikoro and others, State Chairman of the party, Henry Ajomale, said the coming of the former Minister and others meant the opposition was totally dead in the state.
He described Obanikoro as politically experienced and sagacious, and said his joining the party would no doubt add to the electoral fortune of the party in the state.
“We are happy to receive Obanikoro back in our fold. He was with us when we started the Alliance for Democracy (AD) but he decided to go the other way.
“Thank God he has realised his mistake and he is back. We are indeed happy to get back this big fish, along with others.
“Obanikoro is an asset and he will no doubt add value to our party,’’ he said.
Obanikoro praised the leadership style of Tinubu, which he said had ensured the development of the state.
He thanked Tinubu for being magnanimous to accept him back in the fold after years of altercations between them.