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Ekiti 2018: Segun oni Must Step Aside – APC Youths

Many members of the Ekiti, All Progressives Congress, APC, this week joined the Ekiti Youths in calling for Deputy National Chairman South West, Engr Segun Oni, to resign on the grounds that he cannot be a Judge in his own case.

Oni, last week declared his intention to run for the position of governor of Ekiti-State come 2018.

According to the Concerned Ekiti Youths, “The constitution of the APC is clear, National officers of the party will be responsible for the conduct of the gubernatorial primaries at the state which is tantamount to Engr Segun Oni wanting to be a Judge in his own case, or the INEC chairman and a contestant at the same time as he has failed to RESIGN his current position before publicly indicating his interest to run for Governor.”

“He Who Comes to Equity Must Come with Clean Hands, therefore Engr Segun Oni should RESIGN as this is the path of honour.”

“We as members of the youth body of our great party dare say this runs contrary to the spirit and principles of EQUITY, FAIRNESS, and JUSTICE which are salient basis on which the party is built and what our party preaches that differentiates us from the Peoples Democratic Party {PDP}. ”

“We call on the Chairman, Chief John Odigie Oyegun led leadership of our great party and the NEC to advice Engr, Segun Oni to acquaint himself with the APC constitution as necessary and guide Engr. Segun Oni to RESIGN his position since he is now a gubernatorial aspirant like others and so he cannot CHAIR, MEDIATE, or BE PRIVY to issues regarding how the primaries will be conducted anymore so as to ensure a level playing field and remove the MORAL BURDEN and CONSTITUTIONAL LACUNA on the part of the APC as this is capable of generating bad blood among other aspirants thereby affecting the chances of the party at the general elections.”

“For the result of the primary must be credible , and credibility is anchored on transparency, allowing Eng.Segun Oni to remain in this vantage position of an examiner , allow him “set the questions or privy to the questions”in an ‘’examination’’ where he will be writing alongside” other students”.

Oni, a former governor of Ekiti under the platform of the PDP has in the past been hopelessly mired in an ever-deepening influence-peddling scandal. He is however believed to be a candidate of the party’s national leader, Bola Tinubu.

Oni’s election as governor was contentious with his main opponent in the 2007 general election, Dr. Kayode Fayemi challenging his victory rigorously at the Election Petition Tribunal in Ekiti State.

Segun Oni was briefly thrown out of office after the court of appeal upturned the decision of a lower court after the April 2007 general election. In Ekiti State, effort to get a proper governor at a point during his tenure using the re-run election of 2009 was “marked by violence and intimidation since the man elected back in 2007, Segun Oni, was thrown out of office after massive vote-rigging emerged”.

Apart from violence, adding to the controversy was the conduct of the electoral commissioner who initially refused to announce the results of the re-run election.

“The electoral commissioner was supposed to announce poll results last week after the initial re-run but refused to do so, alleging fraud, and temporarily went into hiding”. The result of the re-run election was also challenged by Dr. Kayode Fayemi at the Ekiti State re-Constituted Election Petition Tribunal.

In May 2010, Oni won by a split decision (3:2) at the election petition tribunal. “The Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Ado-Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital, upheld the election of incumbent Governor Segun Oni, thereby dismissing the petition filed by the Action Congress (AC) Governorship candidate, Dr. Kayode Fayemi”.

The “Majority ruling declares Oni winner with 109,000 to Dr. Kayode Fayemi’s 106,000 after deductions of unlawful votes were made”. The minority ruling opposed this by upholding that “We hold that the Petitioners have duly and dutifully proved their case”. Two judges supported the minority judgement while three judges endorsed the majority ruling.

He was removed from office on the 15th of October following the Judgement of the Appeal Court which ruled against him in favour of his opponent Kayode Fayemi.

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