Ekiti Poll: Oni Defects To SDP – – The Tide

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Former Governor of Ekiti State, Chief Segun Oni, has defected to the Social Democratic Party (SDP) to contest the June 18 governorship election in the state.
This new development put to rest the rumour makings the rounds in the state that he had joined the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA).
Oni who was governor between 2007 and 2010 in the state was defeated in the January 26 Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship primary by former Chairman of the party, Bisi Kolawole, but subsequently dumped the party over alleged electoral malfeasance and irregularities during the primary.
Oni, while speaking on a private radio in Ado-Ekiti on Wednesday revealed that the necessary paper work by the national leadership of the SDP for him to be the party’s candidate and his running mate would soon be concluded with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
He noted that his decision to move to the SDP was as a result of the continued call by the people for him to contest the June 18 poll as a third force, saying that aggrieved politicians in the two dominant political parties are supporting him in the new political party.
The Ifaki-born politician disclosed that no fewer than four aggrieved governorship aspirants in the All Progressives Congress (APC), members of a factional group in Ekiti APC, the South West Agenda for Asiwaju 2023 (SWAGA); members of the repositioning group in the PDP and others are forming what he described as a grand collation to win the election.
“I have chosen to advance my ambition in the Social Democratic Party(SDP) because we are looking at the future not the present. The party has been around for years and won elections in this country, it is a well known party, that is the reason I chose SDP to contest the June 18, 2022 governorship election in Ekiti State. We have seen the potential in SDP because we believe it is easier to sell as a third force for Nigerians. The process to make me candidate is on going and will soon be completed,” he said.
When asked how the SDP would win without a known structure less than four months to the election, the former governor maintained that the will and aspirations of the people were the most important structure needed to defeat the APC and PDP in the state.
He expressed optimism that his achievements when he was governor coupled with the alleged impunity and injustice in the two dominant parties would sway the votes in his favour
According to him, “I want to say without any forms of contradictions, that we politicians are coming together for this project couple with the opinions of people in the streets. We are looking at a familiar terrain and a party with a potentials and also we are getting supports from people that are well known in Ekiti’s political terrain.
“Let me say that for those who are in APC, four aggrieved aspirants are working with us. In PDP, the people called repositioning group , majority of them are working with us. Also, we are working with SWAGA members, SWAGA is a strong force in APC with strong membership base.
“It is going to be a grand collation that will definitely benefit the people of Ekiti. I believe the goodwill of repositioning group,  SWAGA and Segun Oni is almost enough to win election in Ekiti”.
Speaking further, Oni said,  “We must come to reality of how a party is properly managed, if it is not properly managed, it won’t attract good people, that is the fact. I believe whatever is right is right . I have been around for sometime, my antecedents is there for us to see, I am not looking for what to eat but service to the people, that is how I see politics.
“It is the people that will challenge the parties, the people are superior than the APC, PDP. It is what Ekiti people want not the political parties, we are listening to what the people are saying in the streets. I worked for the people with everything I had between 2007 and 2010 when I was governor and the citizens can testify to my achievements.”
Oni who advised the people of the state to reject vote buying and other forms of inducement ahead of the poll, stated that everything possible would be done to discourage voters from trading their future on the altar of peanuts.
“We are ready for Ekiti election. We will campaign against vote-buying because it is illegal. We are not going to fold our arms and allow it work here. This condemnable act is against the people and our people must learn from what happened in the past. We must support those who can help our society to develop.
“Will the people still be eating what they got on election day for four years ? It is bad and we will campaign against it because the people are not better now in the last four years in the state, “ he said.
On what transpired during the PDP primaries, Oni reiterated that the party’s guidelines on the secret ballot system were violated, adding that he reacted to the injustice by leaving the party.
“The PDP primary election was manipulated and devoid of known guidelines in any democracy in the world. What is bad is bad, and we must not be afraid to say the truth at all times.
“The guidelines say it is a secret ballot but the ballot is being shown to the former Governor Ayodele Fayose by the delegates.
“Let me say, If a party cannot manage their processes, it is the party that should be blamed, not the people reacting to injustice. We are only reacting to the obvious injustice.”
Reacting to Oni’s claim, the Ekiti SWAGA Coordinator, Bamigboye Adegoroye, described the former Governor’s statement as untrue
According to Adegoroye, “That is not true. Members of SWAGA cannot form a coalition with Segun Oni to win any election”
“The Chairman of SWAGA in Ekiti State is Senator Tony Adeniyi, I am the coordinator of SWAGA in Ekiti State, So, nobody else could have moved SWAGA in Ekiti to anywhere. Nobody has that capacity. Segun Oni was in the PDP, Segun Oni has no capacity to talk about SWAGA at all.
“He can’t talk about SWAGA at all, he left PDP. You can see the act of desperation. Last week, he (Segun Oni) was talking about APGA, this week, he is talking about SDP, maybe he will be talking about Labour Party next week.
“That is the act of desperation of Segun Oni that we are talking about which people have to guard against. He should not be taken seriously. He sounds a little confused and so you don’t take him seriously”.
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A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Zamfara State, Mr Aminu Umar, has challenged Governor Bello Matawalle to show one capital project he has executed since he assumed office as governor.
Aminu Umar, who is the principal private secretary to the embattled Deputy Governor, Barr Mahdi Aliyu Gusau, said this while speaking to newsmen in Gusau, the state capital.
He said all was not well in the state, alleging that the governor had opted to enrich himself rather than execute developmental projects in the state.
He alleged that the governor had not executed any meaningful project since he assumed office and had continued to cause confusion in a state that was heavily traumatised by terrorism.
Umar claimed that Matawalle could not take care of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the state, saying “these IDPs are now roaming the streets begging for food to eat while the governor is claiming that he has constructed standard IDPs camps across the state,” he said.
“Apart from the IDP’s problem, there are other critical challenges bedevilling the entire state”
Umar also accused Governor Matawalle of crippling all the sectors in the state, saying that in the education sector, the governor had refused to settle examination fees for WAEC and NECO students, thereby jeopardising their future.
He challenged the governor to explain how he spent the sum of N31 billion security vote he collected in 31 months.
Mr. Umar said that the governor should give a detailed explanation on how he utilised the huge amount of money he received as security vote, cash allocation to his office, office of his principal private secretary and that of the Government House in 31 months.
The PDP chieftain claimed that in 31 months of Matawalle’s administration, he collected six hundred million naira (N600,000,000.00) as ‘security vote’ monthly, saying that he spends three hundred and fifty million naira as ‘cash allocation’ for his office, thirty million naira for the office of his PPS and thirty million naira as cash allocation to the Government House.
He said “the total amount comes to one billion and ten million naira monthly, if multiplied by 31 months, it will be equal to thirty-one billion, three hundred and ten million naira, (N31,310,000,000)”.
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The Governor of Osun State, Gboyega Oyetola, has been declared the winner of the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship primary election in the state.
Oyetola, who is seeking re-election, polled 222,169, votes to defeat his closest rival, Alhaji Moshood Adeoti, the preferred candidate of the Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, who scored 12,921.
The governor won in all the 30 local government areas of the state in the direct primary election on Saturday.
He also defeated a former Deputy Speaker, House of Representatives, Mr Lasun Yusuf, who scored 460 votes.
The Kwara State Governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazak, Chairman of the Primary Election Committee, announced the results at about 3.00 a.m at the APC Secretariat in Osogbo yesterday.
AbdulRazak said that the total registered voters for the exercise was 408,697.
The chairman added that the total number of accredited voters was 247, 207, while the total votes cast was 235,550.
He said: ”I, Abdulrahman AbdulRazak, the Chairman, Primary Election Committee, hereby certified that Adegboyega Isiaka Oyetola, having scored the highest votes cast in Osun governorship primary election held on February 19 and met all requirements as contained in the guidelines of the election is hereby declared the winner.”
In his remarks, the Chairman of APC in Osun State, Mr Gboyega Famodun, commended the committee for a job well done.
Famodun said the peaceful outcome of the primary had put an end to tension in the state.
He said the party would work towards the victory of Oyetola, who is now the party’s candidate for July 16 governorship election in the state.
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The Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Mudashiru Obasa, has charged Nigeria to adopt a new approach ahead of 2023 general elections.
Obasa made the call in his goodwill message at the State’s 17th Legislative-Executive Parley held on Friday, in lkeja.
He reiterated the call for adequate preparations to be put in place ahead of the elections.
“The fact that Nigeria is planning another election after 23 years of democratic transition is a sign that democratic principles have been widely accepted despite the myriad of problems confronting the process.
“As the nation shows growing commitment to its stability, the time is ripe for civil society to prepare itself and the citizenry to demand power sharing in a truly participatory democracy.
“As it’s evident enough, the negligence of the importance of voter education has been responsible for violence, a bulk of void votes, and apathy during past elections. It is unfortunate that Nigeria operates a fire brigade approach in some of our undertakings, especially as regards to voter education.”
He also cautioned Nigerians on electoral violence.
“Electoral violence and other factors such as cultural practices, family background, institutional and low level of political knowledge, no doubt, militate against political participation.
“The citizens for want of security, consequent upon electoral violence, develop apathy toward political participation. Therefore, to maximise the benefits of political education programmes and ensure sustainable democracy in Nigeria, the government and other political education agencies should develop a pragmatic political education framework,” Obasa added.
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