Former Ekiti Gov Segun Oni Set to Dump PDP for APC, Endorses Fayemi for Second Term
A major loss seems set to befallen the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as former Governor Segun Oni is set to join the All Progressives Congress (APC).
An aide of the former governor, Chief Taiwo Olatubosin, who disclosed this to reporters in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital in a telephone interaction at the weekend, said Oni’s decision to join APC was based on “an urgent need to save this state from a band of locusts who once plagued it (Ekiti State) and rendered hopes desolate”.
Olatunbosun, a former Information Commissioner during Oni’s administration, said arrangements had been concluded for the move “in the overall interest of the Ekiti people anywhere in the world”.
According to him, all well-meaning Ekiti people must submit themselves for the task of ensuring that Dr. Kayode Fayemi, the candidate of the APC, win the June 21 governorship election.
He maintained that despite what he described as “the lies of the opposition parties about Fayemi’s performance” Oni was convinced of the governor’s great achievements and had decided to join the train to ensure APC’s victory.
He noted that the administration had in three and half years performed well in the administration of the state, adding: “I have no apology to anyone in saying this. Oni has felt the best service to Ekiti people today is to partner Fayemi on this coming election. He will move with other well meaning followers into the APC camp. We cannot politicise the achievements of Fayemi. We won’t be doing ourselves any good. He has done well. He deserves a second term of four years.”
Said he: “Segun Oni has decided to partner Fayemi regarding the coming election to salvage (save) Ekiti in this critical time of need. We all know where we were when Fayemi came into Ekiti and how the state has fared today.
“The process leading to the emergence of Fayose as PDP candidate is a tragedy and even Fayose’s candidature too is a tragedy. Asiwaju Segun Oni is too decent and refined in civility to be associated with the political gangsterism of the PDP candidate, whose track record of violence and gangsterism is unrivaled.
“We all know Fayose has failed as a politician, and all his plan to cause crises and mayhem in this state has been exposed. He was rejected in 2011 at the senatorial elections because he lacks capability, competence and credibility to lead.
“To overlook the achievements of Fayemi in three and a half years and opt for Fayose is to risk missing an opportunity to cause lasting changes in this state. What he (Fayemi) has done for me, for every Ekiti indigene living and yet unborn is a legacy which deserves reward. This is why Oni is supporting him to come back.”
Debunking the rumour in the social media that the former governor had reconciled with Fayose “at a strategic meeting”, Olatubosun said: “Oni did not reconcile with Fayose. Oni felt there was nothing wrong to honour his long time friend, Chief Dipo Anisulowo, whose daughter was wedding. His attendance at the wedding in Ado-Ekiti had no undercurrent of politics.”
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