George Oladipo Philips, a political affairs analyst and Lagos PDP loyalist has berated the All Progressives Congress (APC) for its recent attack against the Lagos State Chapter of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and one of its gubernatorial aspirants in the 2015 elections, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro.
According to Joe Igbokwe, the Lagos APC spokesman, in a statement on Monday, “Senator Obanikoro’s candidature is dead on arrival. After voting for a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Lagosians cannot stoop so low to vote for Obanikoro. Anything the PDP touches turns to ashes.”
But Philips in a response to the APC Lagos spokesperson on Tuesday noted that it is clear that Senator Obanikoro is the APC’s biggest headache in the Lagos 2015 gubernatorial race, hence their constant attacks at Obanikoro.
According to Philips, “Every time the Lagos APC resorts to its campaign of calumny against the PDP, Obanikoro becomes the target of their vituperations as if he is the only gubernatorial aspirant on the platform of PDP Lagos. This has only confirmed the open secret that the APC in connivance with Jimi Agbaje are playing out a script targeted at truncating the success of PDP in Lagos. Curiously, it is on record that not only does Jimi Agbaje fraternize with the APC but has never criticized and has never found anything wrong with the APC government in Lagos state. It is the same with the Lagos APC whenever they launch attacks at Lagos PDP. They pretend as if their man in the PDP does not exist.
“And while Igbokwe continues to bark like an over-excited attack dog, let him be told that his self-indulgent feeling of importance begins and ends in the doorsteps of his paymasters in Bourdillon. He is in no position to determine who Lagosians will vote as their governor in 2015. Lagosians know who to vote for and if indeed, the APC is confident of their performance in Lagos, Obanikoro and PDP Lagos should be the least of their concern.”
Philips warned the APC to focus on running a decent electioneering campaign devoid of mischief, pettiness and blackmail, noting that no conspiracy or connivance between the APC and its mole in the PDP, can stop the PDP from winning the Lagos 2015 gubernatorial elections.
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