Kamarudeen Ogundele, Ado Ekiti
The Deputy National Chairman, South, of the All Progressives Congress, Mr. Segun Oni, has said nothing will make him leave the party or ask his supporters to do so because of the 2018 governorship election in Ekiti State.
He also denied a rumour circulating that he held secret meetings with the Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, and the National Caretaker Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Senator Ahmed Makarfi, or any opposition member.
Oni stated this at a press briefing in Ado Ekiti on Friday, where he promised to resign from his position one month before the governorship primary in Ekiti.
Saying that he was under no pressure to resign, Oni said that the APC constitution allowed him to stay in office until one month before the party’s primary.
“Why are people fretting over nothing? If anybody doesn’t want me, let him join the contest. I’m not desperate to be a governor and nothing will make me ask my people to embrace another platform. I’m the face of the party in the state, whatever is the result of the primary, I will abide by it.”
The governorship aspirant, who expressed concern about the increasing rate of hate campaign against him on the social media, said he was not desperate to be a governor but was answering the call by some eminent indigenes to contest the election.
“Those telling lies against me on the social media are only making me more popular by increasing my visibility.
“Let me disprove some lies they are telling against me. They said that our Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, asked me to resign. I want to tell you that there is no threat to my position. It is a lie with an expiry date. The party constitution says I should resign one month before the primary and that is what I am going to do.
“They said that I met with Fayose, that I met with a former governor of Akwa Ibom State, Godswill Akpabio, in a hotel and that I met with Makarfi in my house. Maybe, I don’t even know the value these people are placing on me.
“The last time I met Fayose was immediately after the burial of Baba Adebayo when I visited him to show gratitude for his roles in the burial. As for Makarfi and Akpabio, I have not met them anywhere. However, if Makarfi wishes to come to my house, I will welcome him.”
Oni said no amount of hate campaign would make him abandon his ambition, urging those behind it to have a rethink.
“Those trying to block me are risking many things because I am the revolution that nobody can block. On the field, they know what the people want,” he said.
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Nothing’ll make me dump APC – Oni