Ibrahim Babajide Obanikoro, popularly known as IBO has disclosed the elevation of his father, a former minister of state for defence, to the ranks of the Governor’s Advisory Council (GAC), the highest decision-making body of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos.
Also appointed to the GAC are Femi Pedro and Mrs Sarah Sosan, both former deputy governors of Lagos state; Ambassador Demola Seriki, Nigeria’s ambassador to Spain and Mrs Adejoke Adefulire,
Obanikoro, an ally of Bola Tinubu, presidential candidate of the APC, was also a former ambassador to Ghana.
“Congratulations Daddy @MObanikoro on your well-deserved appointment to the Governance Advisory Council (#GAC). Your appointment to the highly placed Council is proof of your well-documented work ethic,” he tweeted.
“Hearty Congratulations also to Ambassador @DemolaSeriki, @femipedro (Former Deputy Governor of Lagos State), Mrs Sarah Sosan (Former Deputy Governor of Lagos State), Mrs Adejoke Adefulire @Adejoke_O_A (Senior Special Assistant to the President on Sustainable Development Goals).
“With the #GAC comprising these extremely cerebral individuals, it is clear that the party is in competent hands and will continue to work towards a great future.”
Meanwhile, the development comes months after the former minister lost the party’s ticket to represent the APC for Lagos west senatorial district in the 2023 general election.
Obanikoro lost to Idiat Adebule, former Lagos deputy governor, during the primary which held in May.
The former minister had expressed reservations over the conduct of the primary, and described the process as fraught with malpractices.
He had also said Adebule was not qualified to contest the primary.