As Lagos State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has concluded arrangement pick its governorship candidate for February 28th ,2015 guber election in the next few days during its
guber primary exercise, a group of Human rights activists in Lagos State under the aegis of Save Lagos Group(SLG) has urged the both national and state leadership, including elders of the party to ensure
that the immediate past Minister of State for Defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro is nominated to contest the forthcoming guber election in the State.
The group also urged President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, National Chairman of the PDP , Alhaji Adamu Muazu and leaders of the party in Lagos State, Chief Olabode George to prevail on other aspirants to
allow Senator Obanikiro to be the candidate of the party through the harmonious resolution among the aspirants in such a way that would not cause rancor and disaffection within the party in the State.
Save Lagos Group(SLG) gave down the reasons for urging the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) in Lagos State to field Obanikoro as its governorship candidate, through its Convener, Comrade Adeniyi Alimi
Sulaiman, in a signed Statement, which a copy was made available to news men in Lagos State yesterday, stated that it was due to his (Obanikoro) political experience, sagacity, temerity, courageous and acceptability of his aspiration by the people of Lagos state.
Comrade Sulaiman described Senator Obanikoro as a leader with larger heart, humility, reliable, tested ,trusted, compassionate, level -headedness and politician with vast experience of Lagos State politics and key player in the nation’s politics since return of democracy back to Nigeria in May 29th,1999,insisting that only Obanikoro could bring victory to PDP in Lagos State.
SLG Chief further described Obanikoro as the doctrine of equity, justice and fair play which his leadership would create sense of belonging to the people and utilize the opportunity for the greater advantage of the citizenry through his principle of visioning and planning. According to the group, “Senator Musiliu Obanikoro believes in art of governance with the greatest zeal, commitment and dedication. He is a gifted and talented manager of human and material resources with immeasurable native wisdom and a brilliant political strategist who is capable of recouping when all appears lost and highly accommodating,warm, friendly and ready to shoulder responsibilities. “He is ready to provide a vibrant leadership that is totally committed to the well-being of the citizenry with candour and fear of God with the ultimate objective of uplifting the people of Lagos State beyond the way he met them”
He also described the critics against Senator Musiliu Obanikoro ambition as hypocritical, cheap blackmail, misleading, mischievous, evil, undemocratic and mere political propaganda by the enemies of
Progress in the State, saying that a few unfounded allegations raised against Obanikoro were never substantiated by anybody in the country.