Disputed Ekiti APC Gubernatorial Primaries: Oni Weighs Oyegun’s Integrity

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L-R) The Technical Committee Chairman and Governor of Plateau State, Barr. Simon Lalong; APC National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun and the National Organising Secretary, Senator Osita Izunaso during the committee’s report presentation.

By; OLADELE ADEDAYO, Ado-Ekiti

Following violence that greeted the conduct of the Ekiti All Progressives Congress(APC) at the Oluyemi Kayode Stadium in Ado-Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital on Saturday,former Governor of the state,Engr. Segun Oni on Sunday tasked the National Chairman of the Party,Chief John Odigie-Oyegun  and the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party on the need to investigate the shortcomings that led to the disruption of Ekiti Governorship primary.‎

Oni,who is National Deputy Chairman (South ) and one of the governorship aspirants on the party platform, said the way some people who were discovered to be friends of a particular aspirant were nominated into the Ekiti governorship primary committee put the integrity of the party’s national leadership to question.

‎Oni spoke in his country home, Ifaki-Ekiti on Sunday while reacting to violence that marred Saturday’s primary of the party.

‎The election had got to the fifth local government when some agents had raised serious allegations bordered on fraud against  the  agent to the Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Dr. Kayode Fayemi  and that led to the disruption of the election.

‎Oni saluted the Chairman of the Governorship Primary and Nasarawa  State governor, Alhaji Tanko Al-Makura  for doing a thorough job only for his efforts to be allegedly sabotaged by unscrupulous elements around him.

‎Oni, who   described the  violence as very unfortunate, said Oyegun must investigate how  the Secretary, Hon. Mogaji  Aliyu , a known ally of  one of the aspirants  was made  member of the committee.

‎“Those who have penchant for cheating and fraud structured the primary to favour a particular aspirant. I was the APC National Deputy Chairman for four years, despite I never used  my position to influence anything about a primary I was directly involved.

‎”When you have penchant for fraud or to cheat the sytem, it makes democracy to look sour and uninteresting.

‎“How would one feel to get to the field of play and found out that the referee was nominated by one of the teams? We found out that the Secretary of the committee, Aliyu Mogaji  was nominated by an aspirant and Governor Al-Makura later got to know about this and dropped him from functioning as the Returning Officer.

‎“Even the fraud festered to the ranks of the security agencies. I quite appreciate the fact that violence was not the right way but it was caused because of  pent  up anger.

‎“That is why the NWC led by Chief Oyegun  owes all of us a thorough  explanation  about how Mogaji found himself in the committee and how to prevent such in future, except that we are hiding under democracy to fool ourselves.

‎“Whether I will be governor or not or hold political office in the future, I think enough is enough about people being desperate to get positions , because we must give confidence to our people”.

‎When asked whether consensus will be best option, Oni said he quite support the idea but such would be difficult to attain with the level the fierce battle has reached.

‎“I support consensus but now impossible , because the perception of the society  makes it difficult for politicians to reach compromise .

‎“Politicians are always under pressure from their admirers and announcing to them that you have stepped down for someone could create bad impression about you, so it will be difficult to achieve at this level”, he added.‎

‎Meanwhile,Senator Babafemi Ojudu has debunked the allegation that he and Hon. Bimbo Daramola allegedly masterminded the violence that marred the primary, describing it a spurious and senseless

‎While a statement by Fayemi’s Media Aide, Yinka Oyebode shortly after the primary was botched by fingered  Ojudu and  Daramola  as being responsible for the attack.

‎Addressing  journalists in Ado-Ekiti about the issue, Ojudu clarified that he never exhibited any desperation and that accounted for why he didn’t go to the election venue with party supporters. I even hates seeing thugs around me.

‎“They said I was desperate, let us ask ourselves, who among the aspirants took delegates to Igbara -Oke and Owo in Ondo State to camp? It was Fayemi.  He was the one who compromised the committee and bought over security agencies to compromise the system.

‎“I brought him to Ekiti, I did a lot for him to be governor, so I had always known him to be desperate and we were getting video clips about how he offered bribes to delegates and how he was making calls at the election venue to top security brass in Ekiti and Abuja to cheat the system

‎“Let me tell him, all these antics will not work. The primary will be conducted and it must be free, fair and credible”, he said.

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