The on-going war of words between the immediate past Minister of State for Defence and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship aspirant, Musiliu Obanikoro, and former Deputy National Chairman, Olabode George, continued at the weekend with the former minister saying that the latter (George) should seek rehabilitation over what he termed post-traumatic stress arising from a stint in jail.
George had on Friday described Obanikoro as a lunatic over his desire to seek justice and redress in the allegedly rigged governorship primaries of the PDP.
It would be recalled that Obanikoro lost to Jimi Agbaje during the party’s governorship primaries held recently in Lagos.
Obanikoro cried foul, alleging that the total number of votes cast was more that the number of delegated for the primary election.
In a statement issued on Saturday by Obanikoro, he said, but for the need to set records straight, engaging George in verbal exchange would mean painfully indulging a man in desperate need of social rehabilitation after a traumatic stint in jail.
The statement reads in parts: “Indeed, there is nothing unexpected about the recent tantrums by Chief Bode George targeted at me in spite of the ignoble role he played in the fraudulent outcome of the Lagos PDP gubernatorial primaries.
“For whatever it is worth, it is to Chief Bode George’s credit that his family name is tainted and now constitutes a generational blemish as Nigeria’s leading metaphor for gross moral deficit, lack of integrity and public dishonor.
“As Chief Bode George embarks on his feeble attempts at painting a picture of me that exists only in his perverted imagination, let someone remind him that the post-traumatic stress disorder that comes with a time in jail would take more than just an unholy alliance with a pharmacist to heal.
“It is instructive to state here that not only that I am properly raised in the best of Yoruba tradition, I owe a large part of my successful public service career to a childhood and education built on godly principles and sound moral values; qualities evidently lacking in the life of the man known as Chief Bode George.
“In all my life and public service career, I have never been accused, arrested or convicted for fraud, whether at home in Nigeria or abroad, and I have been happily and responsibly married for 34 years, while “Chief Bode George and his Man Friday, Seye Ogunlewe, are known as serial wife abusers.
“As it stands today, greater optimism rests with the prospect of a pig embracing hygiene, than the capacity of Chief George for anything honorable.”
Obanikoro said the desire to challenge the outcome of the primary was his fundamental human rights, based on his conviction that the primary was flawed.
He maintained that his seeking a redress should not be a reason for character assassination