Segun Oni: I may be forced to quit APC *Fayemi should act wisely

By Editor on 16/05/2018

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Don’t count your chickens before they are hatched, was the message former Governor of Ekiti State, Segun Oni, has left for his political nemesis, Dr. Kayode Fayem, as he recounted his defeat for the second time from the current Minister of Mines and Solid Minerals Development.

Oni’s warning, came from what he claimed was the unwelcome attitude from the Fayemi camp, fencing his supporters away after Saturday’s All Progressives Congress (APC) primaries for the July 14 governorship election, in which the two former governors slugged it out.

Fayemi, who ousted Oni through the courts in 2010 on the heels of the 2007 election, won the primaries, with more than double of Oni’s votes, netting a total of 941 votes to Oni’s 481, while 32 others shared the rest.

But in a quick rapprochement, Fayemi, had immediately visited Oni, to curry his support for the election, in which he is going to face the candidate of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), backed by the powerful Governor Ayo Fayose, who made sure that he did not get a second consecutive term.

But, even at that, all seems not to be well as Fayemi’s supporters are said not to be in the same boat with their principal, as they said to not only been taunting the Oni camp, but boasting that they would not be accommodated in the in-coming government.

This, in fact, is what Oni, who has since accepted defeat and congratulated his opponent, seems to detest, for which reason he warned that he might not only be looking out of the window in the approach of the election, but actually leave the APC, if push eventually progressed to shove.  

Hear him: “I am still in APC, we are loyal party men. I decided to contest to give our party the probability to win. The contest was not about me. Our people must learn a new lesson that when you enjoy goodwill and you lose a primary, the next thing is you to move to another party, with a thinking that you will win.”

“Even if you enjoy goodwill, it is not good to expend it that way. So, we are not leaving APC, but I have a responsibility to protect my supporters. But this habit of winners take all and what we are hearing that Segun Oni boys will be in the cooler for four years if APC wins is what I won’t tolerate.”

“We are approaching a windstorm, which is the election and I believe we need to take caution on both sides. As much as we are ready to work with the winner, they too must be receptive and be trusting.”

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“We are not scavenging, neither are we scavengers. We have been receiving pressures from different parties that we should come for the tickets, but we said no, because we want this to be an example and become a new thinking that when you lose the primary, you must stay in your party even when you are popular.”

“But if they continue to harass my supporters, I may quit the party, because I have responsibility not only to protect them but ensure that they are not taken for a ride.”

Oni, who admitted that money played a central role in the outcome of Saturday’s exercise, which he said all the aspirants were guilty of, advocated for option A4 in which all members of the party, rather than delegates would allowed to vote.

His words: “Money played a prominent role in the election and virtually every aspirant was guilty of it. But let me say, our party won’t tread this path again, because a situation whereby few people are allowed to elect a candidate and see it as opportunity to maximize their profit is dangerous.

“Any serious political party must guard against that. So, I believe that every member of a political party must be involved. This will make it more representative and more inclusive than allowing few individuals turned themselves into opportunists and avenue to make making.”




Posted on May, 16 2018

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