Amid decamp rumours, former Minister of Defence, Musiliu Obanikoro, on Sunday paid a visit to the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), at his Ikoyi residence in Lagos. This move, indeed, isn’t conventional as Obanikoro has not seen eye-to-eye with Tinubu since 2006.
Obanikoro joined a delegation to present the staff of Eyo (a masquerade) to the former Governor of Lagos State. The staff is normally presented to an important dignitary ahead of Eyo festival.
Akinwunmi Ambode, Governor of Lagos; Mudashiru Obasa, Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly; and Femi Pedro, former Deputy Governor of Lagos, were also present during the presentation.
Tinubu’s spokesman, Tunde Rahman, speaking about Obanikoro’s visit, said: “I don’t think there is more to the visit. It’s been in the public domain that Senator Musiliu Obanikoro has reconciled with his political leader. So, if you see him around Asiwaju, you should understand within that context.
“He (Obanikoro) even said it publicly that he has retraced his steps and come back home. He said when he went astray, he thought Asiwaju would reach out to him but that now, he has retraced his steps… He joined those who came to present the staff of Eyo to Asiwaju as a mark of respect.”