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Published On: Tue, Nov 18th, 2014

Obanikoro’s alleged dual citizenship: Group faults Bode George, Ogunlewe

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Obanikoro-BellaNaijaFrom Ayodele Samuel, Lagos.

The Group of Concerned Lagosians (GCL), a Lagos based political advocacy group has carpeted Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftains, Chief Bode George and Senator Adeseye Ogunlewe over the duos consistent antagonism and character assassination campaign aimed at truncating the gubernatorial aspiration of Senator Musiliu Obanikoro.

According to the group, in a statement by its coordinator, Mr. Olayinka Sotade yesterday, it is now common knowledge that both of them are hell-bent on derailing the success of PDP Lagos in the 2015 gubernatorial polls, with their insistence on producing the party’s candidate by hook or crook.

“The latest in their character assassination game is a flimsy lawsuit seeking to bar Senator Obanikoro from the polls based on a concocted accusation of dual citizenship. All of this is motivated by a simple fact: the fear that Obanikoro will sweep the primaries landslide and then proceed to win the gubernatorial elections.

“Let it be made clear that Musiliu Obanikoro is a natural born citizen of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and nowhere else, not USA, not UAE not Outer Mongolia. Instead of meeting him at the party primaries, desperate individuals are resorting to the same dirty tricks they used in years past to, at most, frustrate his aspiration, and at the least confuse the electorate.

“Having served as Nigeria’s High Commissioner to Ghana and Minister of State for Defence, Musiliu Obanikoro had the highest level of Security Clearance obtainable from the Federal Government of Nigeria. Such clearance comes after a rigorous security check by relevant security agencies. If he was violating the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in any way, including allegiance to a foreign power, this would have been discovered and his appointment would never have happened.”

“We are solidly behind Senator Obanikoro and wish to let Bode George and his cohorts know that Senator Obanikoro is a true son of Lagos who has served Lagos decently all through his public service career without any criminal record, accusation or litigation. He will not be intimidated by half-baked politicians who are already afraid of meeting him at the primaries.”


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