By Victor Ogunje
A former Ekiti State Governor, Chief Segun Oni yesterday defended his aspiration to contest the 2022 governorship race in the state, noting that he was in the race to rescue the state from total collapse.
Oni, also a former Deputy National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), added that his governorship aspiration was born out of the need to expand the frontiers of development for the benefit of the masses.
He gave these reasons yesterday at his campaign office in Ado Ekiti while unveiling members of his team that would drive his governorship campaign in 2022.
Oni had defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) after he lost the APC governorship nomination to the incumbent governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi in 2018.
A former member of the House of Representatives, representing Efon/Ijero/Ekiti West, Hon Yemi Arokodare, was appointed as the Director General of the Chief Segun Oni Campaign Organisation.
After unveiling members of his campaign organisation, the former governor noted that his intention to contest for the coveted seat was not targeted at corrupt enrichment of himself, family and political cronies.
Oni said the PDP family “is an inclusive political community with a level-playing ground for all party members; we will leave no one behind because it is big enough to accommodate diverse interests, groups and everyone.
“This developmental journey is not about us, our friends or associates; it is about the people who have shown tremendous confidence in our ability to turn the state’s fortunes around and guarantee Ekiti a secured future.
“It is largely about deploying Ekiti resources to develop its people. This is not about personal enrichment or personalising governance for a few cronies.
“That the people are coming forward volunteering their cars for the PDP family branding is a testament to who we are and a demonstration of pure love, confidence and trust in our commitment to make Ekiti State a better place for all.
“The campaign has not started, but the people are eager to create awareness and assure themselves that there is a viable alternative to the present situation in the state and will never take this for granted,” he said with a deep sense of appreciation.
Oni, therefore, urged all indigenes of Ekiti State” to be orderly, lawful, show good conduct and use the branded vehicles in a manner that will further endear the PDP family to the people.”