Ekiti 2018: Oni Vows Not To Defect To SDP If Denied APC Governorship Ticket

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By; OLADELE ADEDAYO, Ado-Ekiti
As the race to the Ekiti State Gubernatorial elections slated for July 14 this year hots up, a former Governor of the state and Deputy National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress(APC),Engr. Segun Oni has vowed that he would not  dump the party if denied the governorship ticket for the polls.‎

Oni,however described the rumour making the rounds 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 .
He said he never intended to fly the governorship flag of the  Social
Democratic Party(SDP) ,where the rumour peddlers said Obasanjo’s
coalition was secretly planning to use to contest the 2018 and 2019
elections.
Oni spoke in Ilawe  and Ikere- Ekiti on Monday during his campaign tour to the local governments to meet with the delegates of the party ahead of the governorship primary slated for May.
Oni restated that he remains 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 has given him prominence .
“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 were 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,wins the ticket and the governorship election. So, it will be
tantamount to mere illusion for anybody to say I want to defect”, he
said.
Oni  hinged the abandonment of 215,000 Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) by owners on despondent under a bad leadership in Ekiti State.
The Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC) gave  the
startling revelation in Ado-Ekiti last week.
“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 and 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 stands him in  good stead to get the party’s flag.

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