By Victor Ogunje in Ado Ekiti
The former Governor of Ekiti State and the All Progressives
Congress (APC) Deputy National Chairman (South), Chief Segun Oni, will today declare his intention for the 2018 governorship poll.
Oni, who was removed through judicial pronouncement in 2010 after three and half years in the saddle, said he would defeat the candidate presented by Governor Ayodele Fayose to avenge for the humiliation suffered byÂ Dr. Kayode Fayemi in 2014.
Â He described himself as having the magic wand to again bring the dividends of democracy to the people the way he did while in government.
Oni spoke at a news conference at his Ifaki-Ekiti country home to herald his official declaration and expression of interest coming up today in Ado Ekiti, the state capital.
He boasted that he would trounce Fayose and whoever is his anointed candidate in the PDP, in all the 16 local government council areas in the state, the same way, he (Fayose) defeated immediate past governor, Kayode Fayemi of the APC in last election.
Â Oni said there was nothing so spectacular in the acclaimed political wizardry ofÂ Fayose who twice defeated two former incumbent governors of the state, at different times, describing the mystery being moulded around Fayose as product of sentiment.
â€œAbout Fayose, this is not a game of arrogance. He is not larger thanÂ life as being speculated.Â He, along with others once deployed theirÂ political machinery against me in certainÂ political contest but ifÂ you recall, i still emerged victorious, so what are you talkingÂ aboutâ€?
He blamed irregular payment of workersâ€™ salaries in Ekiti state onÂ wrong prioritisation of governmentâ€™s policies and programmes, sayingÂ it was irrational for a state governor to be building multi-billionÂ naira overhead bridge where workers welfare and wellbeing are leftÂ unattended.
The APC leader explained that his interest to contest the stateâ€™sÂ number one position, was in response to the growing clamourÂ for hisÂ candidature by many residents and major stakeholders ,Â who he claimedÂ told him his services were earnestly needed.
He said he would use his return to power to instill a new social andÂ economic order in the state as well as correct certain mistakes andÂ errors he made during his first tenure, which was laterÂ terminated by the Appeal Court.
Besides, he said his love to take the state to the next level,Â rescue it from poverty , and make it rank as one of the best amongÂ the comity of states was his major driving force.Â â€œThough I am not hungry for power, i prefer to be governor of my state
than being something else. I am not the type who prefer glamour toÂ serviceâ€, he said.
On whether his ambition would not cause frosty relationship betweenÂ him and his successor in office who is also current Minister of MinesÂ and Steel Development, who is equally believed to be interested inÂ re-contesting the gubernatorial poll, Oni claimed ignorance about suchÂ ambition by Fayemi.Â The APC chieftain said contrary to fears being expressed in some
quarters, especially among several other aspirants of the party thatÂ the national secretariat of the party had concluded arrangements toÂ impose him as candidate, the former governor said he was ready to face open primaries, and that the constitution even required him to also first resign his current appointment before the primaries