- Segun Oni has revealed why he left APC for the PDP
- Oni said he was forced out of the party by the machination of the state governor, Kayode Fayemi
- The former governor noted that he was treated like a political orphan in APC by the Fayemi's government
Segun Oni, a former Ekiti state governor, has revealed why he left the All Progressives Congress (APC) to rejoin his former party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The Nation reports that he alleged that the political machination of Governor Kayode Fayemi's efforts to put his political career in jeopardy made him dump the APC.
Legit.ng gathered that Oni said the ruling party under the leadership of Fayemi was riddled with impunity, injustice and disrespect for internal democracy.
The former governor said the party was being run by the governor through his surrogates like a private fiefdom, faulting the manner in which party's activities were conducted.
He regretted that despite his immense contributions to Fayemi’s electoral victory at the 2018 governorship poll, he could be treated like a political orphan.
Oni, who addressed journalists through the director-general of his political platform under the acronym ‘Atunse Ekiti Movement, Ife Arowosoge, stated that his decision to join PDP was part of the collective resolution taken by loyalists in view of alleged maltreatment being inflicted on them in APC.
He said he found the PDP more captivating at this time having learnt its lesson from the defeat of 2015 general elections, describing the opposition as better organised and more democratic than it was in the past.
The statement read: “At the meeting held at Ifaki Ekiti and attended by 250 Oni’s core loyalists where they resolved that the supporters were being treated like lepers in Ekiti APC.
“It was our observations at the meeting that our loyalists that Ekiti APC doesn’t believe in democracy from the ward, local government and state levels while the appointments to government positions at the state and federal levels are limited family members, friends and associates of the governor.
“Dr. Kayode Fayemi and his group in Ekiti introduced a novelty of nepotism and clannishness in selecting people into elective positions that are not known to democracy anywhere in the world. In the last election, no nomination form was made available or refund made to any Oni’s supporters.
Oni said his defection to PDP was not motivated by inordinate governorship ambition but to join like-minded democrats to build a prosperous state for the benefits of the downtrodden masses.
But the APC’s state publicity secretary, Ade Ajayi denied Oni was unfairly treated, adding that he was accorded the necessary respect and recognition when he joined the party from the PDP in 2014.
“If he is now accusing the state executives or leaders, I will rather say he is an ungrateful soul because the party gave him the patronage he does not deserve,” he stated.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that Segun Oni insisted that he would leave the ruling party for the PDP
Going further, Oni said he was not accorded his rightful position and respect as a former APC deputy national chairman.
He also faulted the way and manner he was suspended from the party's leadership.
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