By Patrick Aigbokhan
Contrary to what is obtainable in an electoral process, Deputy National Chairman, South West, of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Engr. Segun Oni, has declared his intention to run for the 2019 governorship race in Ekiti State.
Ideally, Oni’s position as an executive member of the party disqualifies him from contesting for the position he is vying for until he resigns as an executive.
He declared his intention on Monday, which came as a shock to many party stalwarts in the state who believed that Oni ought to have resigned his position in the party before the flagging off.
Oni, who was once governor of Ekiti State on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, declared his intention to contest for the Ekiti number one seat in a six page speech in which he highlighted his readiness to oust the incumbent government of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP and usher in a new era of total economic recovery in the state.
While addressing a crowd of party faithful at the APC State Secretariat, Ado Ekiti, Oni said his candidature would make regaining the seat of governance easy for the APC.
“I strongly believe that what Ekiti needs now is experience, knowledge, industry, transparency and inclusiveness (Ekiti) to enable us carry out the necessary repair and relaunch our sate along the path of real development and growth for the benefit of all. I believe I possess these necessary qualities,” he declared.
Ife Arowosoge, Campaign Director-General of Engr. Oni, had last Thursday, let the cat out of the bag at a maiden meeting of some APC leaders and members from all the 16 local government areas loyal to the ambition.
Arowosoge, a former House of Representatives member, disclosed that the former governor of the state had written the party executives at ward, local government and state levels, notifying them of his intention to contest for 2018 governorship election.
He said Engr. Oni would also commission the headquarters of his governorship campaign secretariat, which according to him, is located along Opopogbooro, Iworoko Road, Ekiti State today, and also visit the party’s secretariat in the state, after which he would visit senatorial offices.
He said Oni has the experience, exposure and pedigree to make a difference if given the chance to occupy the governor’s seat again.
“He is simple, plain-minded, intelligent, humble, respectful, incorruptible, responsible and God-fearing,” he said
But tongues have been wagging among party members in Ekiti State, some of who claimed that the declaration was lopsided and an abuse of office on the part of Oni, who as incumbent APC leader in the south-west , was expected to have relinquished his position before the declaration.