The governorship candidate of the Social Democratic Party in Ekiti, Chief Segun Oni, has appointed a seasoned journalist and major stakeholder in the party, Mr. Moses Jolayemi, as the spokesman for the campaign and Chairman of the Segun Oni Media Committee.
The Social Democratic Party in Ekiti State strongly condems the shooting at the APC road walk embarked upon by the party and its candidate, Biodun Oyebanji at Ado Ekiiti, the Ekiti State capital yesterday.
This is a show of disgrace to the entire people of Ekiti State who are in high spirit to vote for the candidate of their choice in the forthcoming gubernatorial election.
How can a party and its candidate embark on such shooting right away from the Adetiloye hall where they converged before moving to the APC secretariat at Ajilosun, shooting sporadically to scare the good people of Ekiti State?
The show of shooting at yesterday’s road walk has further confirmed that the APC in Ekiti State and its candidate have been rejected by the people of Ekiti State.
“No amount of intimidation and harassment can change the mind and resolution of Ekiti electorate from forging ahead to transform it into reality in the forthcoming June 18 gubernatorial election.
The Social Democratic Party in Ekiti State advises the All Progressive Congress led government in Ekiti State to honour their electoral promises made to the people of Ekiti State without delay as resulting to intimidation will never change the mind of the electorate to vote for the popular candidate of their choice whom they believe will better their live again.
We now call on the security agents to be alert and proactive to check the violent excesses of these thugs in the name of politicking which we have been reporting them to the appropriate quarters right away from the attack on our candidate, Chief Segun Oni and SDP members at Efon Alaye Ekiti some weeks ago.
From Priscilla Ediare,
The gale of defection which has turned the Ekiti State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC) to a shadow of their former selves is causing disquiet, distrust and cries among the remaining leaders and members of the two political parties.
Comments: what is the meaning of all your allegations?you better concentrate on your campaign, human beings are not as trustworthy as you think, keep on praying, Even with the defectors to sdp, money can turn thing’s around at the last minute because of the level of poverty, so do your homework very well … see more
The Ekiti Build Back Better (EBBB), a group campaigning for the Social Democratic Party (SDP) candidate, Asiwaju Segun Oni, ahead of the June 18 governorship election in Ekiti State, has reacted to the statement of Chief Bisi Kolawole, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate, referring to Oni as a ‘nomadic politician’.
The article by Wole Olujobi in respect of the above on April 12, 2022, in a way, makes some interesting reading. It at least provides some insight into the extent of the enveloping panic and despair in the camp of the APC people in Ekiti State. It also to a large extent reveals a state of disillusionment in APC. I will use some quotes from Wole’s piece to support this characterisation.
First, he described the SDP’s White Horse logo as an “ambitious ass trying in vain to turn the table against the fortress of established parties that have men and widespread memberships”. Interesting! The whole nation is witnessing what APC did to Nigeria and how the party has shamelessly spent the last over seven years in power blaming the PDP for its poor performance in all aspects of governance. OBJ put it correctly when he said “give America to Buhari to manage and in one year he will destroy America and then blame Abraham Lincoln for it! APC clearly is a party that cannot and will not accept responsibility for its shortcomings, instead it will always blame others for its failure. Both APC and PDP are the two “fortress of established parties that have men and widespread memberships”. Keep up the illusion of invincibility and see how David will slay the combined Goliaths on June 18th.
I am indeed surprised that “Igi Rabata” as Wole is often referred to, would say of SDP “At resurrection after its first coming gone awry in 1993 during which political undertakers with their long knives chiselled soul out of its skin”. First coming gone awry in 1993 and “political undertakers …. chiselled soul out of its skin”. Obviously, this is a clear indication that Wole and his masters must have paid only lip service to the June 12 struggle otherwise, he would never have referred to SDP in such a cavalier, perfunctory manner. It is really very disappointing and a callous disservice to those of us who made varying degrees of sacrifice on June 12.
It is interesting that Wole is making a reference to Lagos and alleged that SDP is out to “dupe susceptible political players, including a bloc of the unsuspecting electorate, by selling a dummy of a Lagos largess that will make them instant millionaires during campaigns”. What a wild imagination! We know your pay masters are intrinsically contemptuous of your National Leader in Lagos, but we least expect that you will find a way at all cost to want to blackmail him so that your Ogas will have their way. Maybe you should face your diminishing reality here in Ekiti and leave Lagos out of the Ekiti politics.
It is interesting that Wole wrote “which APC is better placed to win to consolidate power to continue the current development agenda of Governor Kayode Fayemi”. Pray what are the achievements of Fayemi that require consolidation? Is it more debt or non-payment of pensions and gratuities or salaries? How many kilometers of road were constructed by Fayemi administration? How much public water was supplied to how many LGAs? Beyond empty rhetoric and overblown superlatives cast in opaque generalisations, what exactly did Fayemi achieve in office? May be Wole should spend more time on collating and canvassing Fayemi’s specific achievements as we have done for Oni’s previous tenure and APC could then have the guts to bring up Fayemi’s achievements against Oni’s? That will be the day!
Wole wrote: “Pray, what business do Ekiti State SDP’s oligarchs have with PDP national leaders, such as Generals Ibrahim Babangida and Abdulsalami Abubakar (rtd), in Minna other than canvassing for the oiling of the old ambition’s ladder of Ekiti SDP promoters who are desperate to seize control of PDP in Ekiti State again after the ruthless Ayo Fayose chased them out of PDP?” So Babangida’s place is now a no-go area. Really? It was OK for Fayemi to say “I join the rest of the country to celebrate former head of state and elder statesman, Gen. Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida (rtd), on his 80th birthday.
Gen. Babangida has demonstrated his patriotism, dedication and commitment to the Nigeria project as a soldier and commander-in-chief of the armed forces.
When it is Fayemi, Babangida is a patriot, but when it is Oni visiting him, IBB is suddenly a villain! This is hypocrisy at its worst. This sort of sanctimonious attribution to self hardly inspires a noble legacy. Instead, it exposes the true character of a fair-weather chameleon, a man of anything goes and a friend of convenience. These are not acceptable vices in Ekiti in the long run.
Well, we shall see on June 18th. It is Ekiti people that this time around will decide.
By Otunba Ben Oguntuase
April 21, 2022.
The Governorship Candidate of the Social Democratic Party, (SDP) in the forthcoming Gubernatorial Poll in Ekiti State, Chief Adebayo Segun Oni has met aspirants for various Elective positions under the flag of the party, assuring them that the landmark of justice, equity and fairness that the Party is known for remains the watchword and standard for all members.
One-time Ekiti State governor, Segun Oni, now gunning for a second term after a hiatus of over a decade, in this interview with Gboyega Alaka, enunciates his unique selling points and why he believes the people are on his side this time.
There was an incident midweek in Efon Alaye where your convoy was attacked as you went on consultation; tell us about it.
….calls for arrest, trial of culprits
The Segun Oni Campaign Organisation (SOCO) through its legal counsel, Owoseni Ajayi and Associates, has written a petition to the Inspector General of Police; the Director- General, Department of State Security and the Commandant-General, Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps over assassination attempt on the life of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) governorship candidate, Asiwaju Segun Oni by the thugs of the All Progressive Congress (APC) at Efon Alaaye in Ekiti State last Wednesday.
According to a press statement issued by the Campaign Media Director, Mr Jackson Adebayo in Ado Ekiti on Friday, the 18-paragraph petition dated April 7, 2022, titled “Re: Attempted assassination of Engr. (Chief) Olusegun Oni, former Governor of Ekiti State and Gubernatorial Candidate of Social Democratic Party (SDP) in Ekiti State in the forthcoming Governorship Election in the state,” was signed by Mr Owoseni Ajayi, the principal partner and others partners.
In the petition, Owoseni Ajayi and Associates stated, ” We are counsel to Social Democratic Party in Ekiti State whose gubernatorial candidate in the forthcoming Gubernatorial Election is the former governor of Ekiti State, Engr. (Chief) Olusegun Oni, on their behalf and instruction, we write this letter as follow:
” That since the campaign had been declared open for the gubernatorial election in Ekiti State by the INEC, the Social Democratic Party led by its flag bearer, Engr. (Chief) Segun Oni had commenced its campaign starting with Town Hall meetings at the headquarters of the respective local government in the state.
“That the campaign itineraries is with the full observance of due process which include:
(i) Written information to the police including its Divisional Police Headquarters for security cover.
(ii) Written security cover information to the INEC.
(iii) Peaceful conduct of its members.
” So far, the campaign had visited seven local government headquarters to hold the Town Hall meetings with its members with the massive turnout but without any hitch.
“That on Wednesday 6th of April, 2022, it was the turn of Efon Alaaye Local Government, Efon.
” That at about 3 pm, the venue for the reception of Engr Segun Oni and his entourage was set for their arrival.
” That at about 3.30 pm, the gubernatorial campaign team led by its candidate arrived at the venue.
“That as the team was about embarking from their various vehicles, the APC hoodlums led by its Youth Leader in the local government, Mr. Oluwafemi Gbenga, a.k.a Owolesu attacked the ground venue with dangerous weapons like gun, machetes, charms, etc.
” That in the process of the attack several people were wounded and vehicles vandalised.
” That it took a later intervention of a detachment of police men from the Division Station at Efon before the hoodlums were overpowered because they initially overwhelmed the policemen stationed at the venue.
“That the Gubernatorial Candidate, Engr. ( Chief) Segun Oni escaped death by whisker as his vehicle was attacked.”
The counsel now asked for the following as prayers:
” In view of this ugly development which was meant to assassinate the state gubernatorial candidate of the SDP, Engr. (Chief) Olusegun Oni because of his growing popularity and thereby dislocate the campaign trail of our client, we pray for the following:
(i). ” Investigation into the remote and immediate causes of the mayhem that happened on Wednesday April 6, 2022 at Efon Alaaye led by the APC Youth Leader in the local government, Mr Oluwafemi Gbenga, a.k.a Owolesu who was positively identified among the hoodlums.
(ii) “That the culprits should be brought to book immediately to serve as a deterrent to others who may want to disrupt the peaceful conduct of the forthcoming Gubernatorial Election in the state.
(iii) “That the personal security of Engr. (Chief) Olusegun Oni should be strengthened.
(iv) ” That the ruling party in the state should be cautioned and restrained from their open boast that they would use ‘federal might’ to bulldoze their way through in the forthcoming gubernatorial election as exemplified in the Efon mayhem of April 6, 2022.”
The legal counsel, therefore, urged the Inspector General of Police; the Director-General of the Department of State Security and the Commandant-General of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps to discharge their constitutional duties diligently and effectively as they had done recently during the Anambra Gubernatorial Election.