According to him, it was laughable that the co-founder of the All Progressives Congress, APC, known for imposition of candidates and godfatherism could describe someone as being autocratic.
The minister spoke on Saturday in Warri, Delta State, while rounding off his visit to naval formations in the Eastern Naval Command and Central Naval Command to ascertain the state of naval platforms.
Obanikoro was accompanied by Flight Officer Commanding (FOC), Rear Admiral Sidi Hassan Usman and Commander, NNS Delta, Captain Musa Gemu to tour the naval platforms at NNS Delta, Warri, Naval Training Institution in Sapele and FOC’s Logistics Headquarters in Oghara in Delta State.
The former PDP gubernatorial aspirant in Lagos described President Jonathan as a thorough democrat, who does not hurriedly take decisions that are far-reaching and binding.
Obanikoro flayed leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for saying the president was clueless, insisting that the actual dictators are APC leaders who do not respect internal democracy, particularly Senator Tinubu, who is fond of single handedly picking candidates for all elective positions in the party.
“You cannot describe the president as clueless. The President is a man who has wrapped himself fully in a democratic gown. And to wrap himself in a democratic gown, you cannot be in a hurry to take decisions. You must always have a balanced position on all issues. When President Olusegun Obasanjo was there, people complained of high-handedness.
“When President Yar’Adua was there, there were some complaints. Now that Jonathan is there, he is trying to be democratic in every sense of it and every now and then, he is using his power to ensure certain things are done properly. People are saying he is becoming dictatorial.
“That is not dictatorship. Even in democracy, the law allows some elements of enforcement. If the enforcement is now interpreted to mean dictatorship, then, something must be wrong with us,” the former Nigerian envoy to Ghana added.