The former Governor of Ekiti State, Chief Segun Oni, has said that the Ekiti State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) will regret the barrage of attacks on him following his decision to return to the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
The ex-governor, who is also former National Vice Chairman of APC (South), took exception to the recent newspaper comment credited to the APC Chairman in Ekiti Paul Omotosho where he described him (Oni) as a nominal member of the party as not only reckless but unexpected.
Oni said this in a statement in Ado-Ekiti by the Director General of his political organisation, Atunse Ekiti Movement, Dr Ife Arowosoge, on Friday.
“Was it appropriate for Paul Omotoso to have described Oni, a former Governor, a foundation member of APC and the very first Deputy National Chairman, who always stood in as Acting National Chairman whenever the Chairman was not around as a nominal member of APC?”
Oni wondered why Omotoso could accuse him of not being impactful as a Deputy National Chairman by not assisting people with contracts and appointments, saying the power of the office as spelt out in Article 14 (2) of the Constitution of APC does not include the award of contracts or lobbying for appointments.
“The same pomposity was demonstrated when Senator Bamidele was forced out of ACN in 2013 and what was the result of the Fayemi’s 2014 governorship election? It was calamitous, disgraceful and shameful leading to 16-0 loss. The same episode will repeat itself in 2022,” he vowed.
Oni said he decided to leave APC owing to Fayemi’s perceived enmity against his political followers and not for sefish pursuit.
“The nepotism and clannishness witnessed in government’s appointments into federal and state positions, the inhuman treatment meted out to all Atunse Ekiti members and all people linked to Oni, the fact that due process was not followed in establishing party executives by not conducting congresses at the ward, local government and state levels forced us out of APC.
Oni said Fayemi lost to Ayodele Fayose in that poll owing to alleged arrogance displayed by APC against Senator Opeyemi Bamidele, who left the party.
“Added to that was the fact that appointments to government positions both at the Federal, State and Local Government levels were limited to the family members of Governor Fayemi and no member of Atunse Ekiti Movement were not considered for any appointment, either at the Federal, State or Local Government level.
“Again, many members of Atunse Ekiti Movement are being threatened with expulsion and suspension and many had been suspended for phantom anti-party activities, was responsible for why I left and not what Omotoso said.”
Oni stated that no amount of blackmail would make him waver on his resolve to restore sanity to Ekiti in 2022, by joining hands with the citizens to install a governor they can trust.