The Deputy National Chairman (South) of the All Progressives Congress and former Ekiti State Governor, Chief Segun Oni, has joined the Ekiti governorship race.
He would make an open declaration in July, the Director-General of the Segun Oni Campaign, Dr. Ife Arowosoge, said on Thursday at the maiden meeting of APC leaders and members from all the 16 Local Government areas working for the 2018 aspiration of the former governor.
Arowosoge, a former House of Representatives member, revealed that Oni had sent letters of his intention to vie for governor in 2018 to the party executives at the ward, local government and state levels.
According to him, Oni is joining the race based on “clarion calls” from interest groups like teachers, civil servants, local government workers, retirees, youth and women groups.
Arowosoge said, “This is the man we have chosen to work for; we are not ashamed to associate with this man of integrity and we must ensure that he wins both the primary and general election with landslide victory.
“The slogan of 16-0 against APC must not only stop, it must be reversed; it will be 16-0 against PDP.
“The political atmosphere is most favourable for our party now and the only person people are demanding of our party to give them is Chief Olusegun Oni who they are ready to vote in as governor, come 2018.”
The DG said Oni has the experience, exposure and pedigree to make a difference if given the chance to occupy the governor’s chair again describing him as “simple, plain-minded, intelligent, humble, respectful, incorruptible, responsible and God-fearing.”
During his administration (2007-2010), he provided employment for over 4,000 youth, gave autonomy to both Legislature and Judiciary; accorded traditional institution respect, gave good welfare package to civil servants and retirees, as well as provided infrastructures and other social welfare programmes.