*Says Nothing Will Stand Between Oni, Fayose
Ahead of Ekiti state governorship election, the former governor of the state, Segun Oni has said that they are ready to contest and win the state.
Oni, who was at the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) national secretariat to submit his nomination and expression of interest forms for the governorship race, added that nothing will stand between him and the former governor of the state, Ayodele Fayose.
Fielding questions from newsmen, Oni said, “this moment indeed marks another remarkable phase of our journey, demonstrating our intent and readiness to contest and win, and most importantly, our commitment to serve.”
In his speech titled, “we are back and even better,” Oni said, “through the grace of God, who has strengthened us from the very beginning of this incredible and inspiring political voyage, we are delighted to be at the national headquarters of our great party to perform the official ritual of submitting the governorship nomination form.
“We have been here before. It is a familiar path; a known terrain in which we made our mark and treated all and sundry with dignity, respect and honour. We brought value to governance and honour to leadership.
“Notwithstanding the distractions and cogs mounted to halt the wheel of our journey at the time, we made outstanding gains. Under our watch, Ekiti was a cynosure of good governance and efficient government. We worked very hard to propel Ekiti to live up true to its motto as the fountain of knowledge in Nigeria. We brought our state to national reckoning. Unfortunately, this may not be the case today.”
Speaking why he’s in the race, Oni said, “we are in this race to bring the promise of Ekiti to the people of Ekiti – the promise of a state where no one is left behind and in which we will seek the forgotten and cater to their needs. That is our covenant with the people.”
Asked if he’s going to continue from where you stop or start with fresh agenda, Oni said, “my answer will be yes. Because what we rendered was very much appreciated as good quality Service.
“Because it is appreciated as good quality service, that’s what they want again. We will begin from where we stopped. There are a lot of things we did not take to conclusion. We will have an opportunity now of doing Justice to them. So we’re going to start where we left, but we’ll take the state further down to a new terrain where we’ll be able to add value, much more value to the lives of the people.
“We believe that Ekiti State must be creative, be innovative, must bring to the table a lot of new ideas that will further excite the democratic field in Nigeria. We are getting ready to do exactly that.”
On his relationship with Fayose, Oni said, “he’s my brother. We are brothers of the same family, brother of the same party. So, we are of the the same family.
“You know in the process of competing and contending you can disagree, but it is disagree to agree. So, there’s nothing serious that will stand between us.”
In his remarks on behalf of the party, the National Organizing Secretary of PDP, Col. Austin Akobundu (rtd), challenged Oni not to come back to the party until he wins or loses.
He said that PDP as a reform party now strives on internal democracy and enforcing the policy of free, fair and transparent primaries.
“We take this process very seriously because it signifies in sincere terms the readiness of the aspirant to get into the field and woo supporters by marketing himself and ingratiating himself with the yearnings and aspirations of the electorate within the party to see if they will buy in or not. This morning, His Excellency has done just that and I have received on behalf of our entire leadership the set of forms that signal that intention.
“Let me remind our brother, the aspirant that the party is running this important contest today is totally different from the party he contested the last time, the reason being that steadily, this party under our leadership embarked on reforms that would elevate quality of services of this party principally by opening up the space, insisting on internal democracy and enforcing the policy of free, fair and transparent primaries.
“This, no doubt, places huge burden on any aspirant because it simply means that unlike those days, you have no business running around offices at the Wadata because nobody will help you here. Only the delegates will help you. As you drop your forms, we encourage you to go back home and don’t come back here again until you win or lose,” he said.
The aspirants in the race are; Segun Oni, Ajijola Lateef Oladimeji, Otunba Bisi Kolawole, Albert Kayode and Aribisala Adewale, incumbent National Treasurer of the PDP.