Nigeria’s former Ambassador to Ghana, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, has hinged the future of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the South-West to the outcomes of the gubernatorial polls in Ekiti and Osun states.
Senator Obanikoro, in a chat with journalists, said “the two elections coming up in Ekiti and Osun states will determine the future of the PDP in the South-West. Recall that we didn’t lose Ekiti through the ballots. We lost the state through judicial rascality and corruption. The real test of who is in charge in Osun and Ekiti will be determined at the polls next year.
“If we are able to overcome the crisis that has engulfed the party in the South-West, most importantly in Ekiti and Osun, I strongly believe we will win both states in 2014. And if we are able to do that, the effect will be felt throughout the South-West,” he said.
Obanikoro said the internal crisis rocking the party was not as bad as being portrayed, saying that it was not only PDP that was losing members to other parties.
“There is no party that doesn’t have its own internal issues. But fortunately for the PDP, some key members who have left are now coming back into the fold,” he added.
Obanikoro, who once was a former governorship aspirant in Lagos State, said any serious party could win elections anywhere in the South-West, citing the example of Ondo State governor, Dr Olusegun Mimiko who won the election on the ticket of the Labour Party despite all the noise by the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN).