Ex-minister reportedly moves to dump PDP for APC

While Tinubu had shown reluctance to Obanikoro's defection, Fashola had embraced the idea and perfected the alleged soft landing for the ex-minister and senator.

In a report by Newsbreak, Obanikoro’s planned defection has been perfected by the ex-governor of Lagos State and current minister of power and works, Babatunde Raji Fashola.

It was reported that while Tinubu had shown reluctance to Obanikoro defection, Fashola had embraced the idea and perfected the alleged soft landing for the ex-minister and senator.

The report also alleged that Obanikoro, who was indicted for alleged corrupt practices during the 2015 election, will be given an opportunity to contest for a senatorial seat from one of the Lagos constituencies.

The popular Lagos monarch, Oba Rilwan Akiolu, who had publicly opposed Obanikoro in 2015, was also said to have mended fences with the ex-minister and senator.

“Obanikoro’s defection is not without the involvement of Lagos paramount monarch, Oba Riliwan Akiolu.

“We learnt he was in Iga Idugaran (the Lagos monarch’s palace) when he issued a directive that we ensure victory for the APC in the forthcoming local government election.

“He equally promised to make some of us supervisory councilors”, a source reportedly said.

The report also alleged that the move by Obanikoro has seen a faction of the PDP led by party financier, Senator Buruji Kashamu, (PDP, Ogun East) getting worked up.

Obanikoro was indicted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission for his alleged involvement in the multi billion Dollar Arms deal which has ex- National Security Adviser, Dasuki Sambo as the main perpetrator.

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