Engr Segun Oni, one of the aggrieved aspirants in the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) governorship primary in Ekiti State, has decided to join the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in order to contest the state’s governorship election on June 18.
Oni is reportedly nearing the final stages of discussions with APGA’s national leadership to get the governorship ticket, according to reliable sources.
His decision to defect to APGA was based on the alleged manipulation of the just-concluded party’s governorship primaries, which produced Otunba Bisi Kolawole, a candidate believed to be preferred by former Governor Ayodele Fayose.
The former Governor is expected to lead over 70,000 members of the opposition PDP across the 177 wards in the State to APGA on Saturday.
A credible source within the Segun Oni Campaign confirmed that the Ex-Governor will run on the platform of APGA where his name would be listed before the close of substitution.
He stated that Oni was putting finishing touches to his plan to leave PDP for the APGA, adding that he will declare for his new party any moment from Saturday.
The source said: “I can confirm that Oga Segun Oni is leaving PDP any moment from Saturday (today). His decision was informed by the undemocratic manner the just concluded governorship primary was conducted by Akwa Ibom Governor, Udom Emmanuel to favour Ex-Governor Ayodele Fayose’s anointed aspirant.
“So, Oni is convinced that opposition PDP that proud itself as the most democratic political party in Africa is not yet ready to change its usual ways of imposition and godfatherism”.
He hinted the former Governor would be leaving PDP with a sizeable number of members, adding that 10 political parties are willing to adopt Oni as their sole candidate for the forthcoming poll.
When contacted, the Director of Media of Segun Oni Campaign Council, Hon. Lanre Ogunsuyi, said he can neither confirm nor deny the former Governor’s defection plans.
“The rumour is thick. And there can’t be a smoke without fire. Let’s wait patiently till tomorrow,” he stressed.