A former governor of Ekiti State and the incumbent National Deputy Chairman (South) of the All Progressive Party (APC), Chief Segun Oni, formally declared his interest in the 2018 Governorship race in the state today, Monday in Ado Ekiti.
Chief Oni, who addressed newsmen at the weekend, at his Ifaki home in Ido/Osi Local Government Area of the state to formally kick off his campaign for the APC 2018 governorship ticket, declared that he would return Ekiti to an APC-controlled state if given the chance to fly the party’s flag at the election.
He APC governorship aspirant boasted at the weekend, while addreasing newsmen at the weekend, at his Ifaki home in Ido/Osi Local Government Area of the state prior the formal kick off of his campaign, boasted that he will defeat the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its leader in the state, Governor Ayodele Fayose and whoever is his anointed candidate, if he emerges as the governorship candidate of the APC in the state.
He declared that he would return Ekiti to an APC-controlled state if given the chance to fly the party’s flag at the election.
According to him, he would defeat Fayose, PDP and their candidate in all the 16 local government areas in the state, the same way, he (Fayose) defeated his predecessor, Dr Kayode Fayemi of the APC in last election.
He contended that there was “nothing so spectacular in the acclaimed political wizardry of Fayose” who twice defeated incumbent governors of the state at different times, describing the political acclaim of Fayose as “product of sentiment”.
Oni said: “About Fayose, this is not a game of arrogance. He is not larger than life as being speculated. He, along with others once deployed their political machinery against me in certain political contest but if you recall, I still emerged victorious. So, what are you talking about?”
He explained that his interest to contest the state’s number one position, was in response to the growing clamour for his candidature by many residents and major stakeholders, who he claimed, told him his services were “earnestly needed”.