Ekiti 2018: Oni debunks SDP link

Former Governor of Ekiti State and All Progressives Congress (APC) Deputy National Chairman (South), Chief Segun Oni, has denied rumour making the rounds in the state that he is set to join the Social Democratic Party (SDP).
Oni insisted on Monday that he would not dump the APC even if he was denied the party’s governorship ticket for the July 14 poll.
The APC governorship aspirant, who spoke at Ilawe Ekiti and Ikere Ekiti during his meeting tour of the 16 council areas of the state to meet with delegates for the primary, described the widespread rumour that he was having affinity with former President Olusegun Obasanjo-sponsored coalition  as a figment of imagination of those peddling the rumour and a desperate attempt to ridicule his rising profile.
Oni said he never intended to fly the governorship flag of the SDP, where the rumour peddlers said Obasanjo’s coalition was secretly planning to use to contest the 2018 and 2019 elections.

The APC leader reiterated that he remained the sitting National Deputy Chairman (South) of the APC and a leading governorship aspirant in the state, saying nothing would propel him to abandon a platform that had given him prominence.

He said: “They said I want to follow former President Obasanjo’s coalition to SDP, this was a mere rumour. They went further to say I want to make Prince Adedayo Adeyeye my Deputy Governor in SDP. All these are lies just to rubbish my good profile.

“People have the right to imagine anything, no matter how senseless. I remain a leading governorship aspirant in APC. I want to contest the primary, win the ticket and the governorship election. So, it will be
tantamount to mere illusion for anybody to say I want to defect”, he

Responding to the revelation by the Independent National Electoral Commission that owners of 215,000 Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) had refused to come to collect them, Oni said the owners’ decision was owing to  despondence under a bad leadership in Ekiti State.

He said: “When the electorate are despondent, they won’t collect  their PVCs. We we appeal to them, we will beg them to go and collect them and vote for APC. When we  come on board, we will give them the best government and this will make them to have confidence in their government again”.

He appealed to the delegates to cast their votes for him at the
primary, saying he would justify the confidence reposed in his ability
to re-engineer the economy of the state for better.

The Chairman of APC in Ekiti Southwest local government, Chief Sola Akinwumi, described Oni as a humble and unique leader, who can do Ekiti proud if given the second chance.

Akinwumi said Oni didn’t embezzle or compromise his integrity during
his time as the governor of the state between 2007 and 2010, saying
this put him in good stead to get the party’s flag.