Former Ekiti State Governor Segun Oni has decried what he called “attacks from within” by those allegedly uncomfortable with his ambition to vie for the governorship seat next year.
He alleged that some people have been given an assignment to pull him down by all means but that the alleged attacks were only making him to be more popular.
Oni, who said he was not desperate to become governor again, stressed that his fate and that of other aspirants jostling for the party’s ticket would be decided by delegates expected to vote at the primary scheduled for the first quarter of 2018.
Addressing a news conference in Ado-Ekiti at the weekend, Oni denied holding ‘secret’ meetings with Governor Ayo Fayose at a hotel in Lagos to discuss the possibility of crossing over to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to realise his ambition, as alleged on various posts on the social media.
He also denied holding meeting to that effect with the PDP National Caretaker Committee Chairman, Alhaji Ahmed Mohammed Makarfi in his (Oni’s) personal residence in his hometown, Ifaki-Ekiti in Ido/Osi Local Government Area.
The ex-governor urged his supporters and the people of the state not to believe the rumour and hate campaign mounted against him by people he described as “faceless individuals” on the social media.
He said he would not be distracted but remained focused on selling his ideas for better Ekiti to the electorate.
Oni further disclosed that some individuals have written a petition against him to the party’s national secretariat demanding that he steps down immediately as Deputy National Chairman (South) contending that party constitution allows him to remain in that post one month before primary.
He said: “The attacks are from within the party and most of them are coming from the social media but I am not bothered at all because whatever that will be good will be rough initially. Some people have been given assignment to pull me down.
“The good will triumph over the evil and I want to say categorically that I will not be discouraged. Anybody who does not want Oni will either contest against him or support any aspirant. I am not desperate to be governor, will leave (my post) when the (party) constitution says I should leave.
“By saying that I met Fayose in a hotel in Lagos and Makarfi in my house in Ifaki, these people are overpricing me and I feel honoured if they continue to say that.
“The last one-on-one I had with Fayose was a day after Gen. Adebayo was buried when I brought the invitation from the Borisade family and congratulating for the honour done Baba Adebayo.
“I have never had one-on-one with Makarfi and if they are saying he was in my home, I feel honoured. Those saying this have nothing to sell but I have told my people not to abuse or attack anybody; if they have the product that is sellable, they should continue to sell it.”