In what appears like a major crisis in the All Progressives Congress (APC) ahead of the July 14 governorship election in Ekiti State, the campaign organisation of Chief Segun Oni, one of the governorship aspirants who came second in the party’s primary, has explained its controversial court case against the candidature of Dr Kayode Fayemi, which was filed last week.
In a communique at the end of its expanded meeting in Ado Ekiti, the Segun Oni Campaign Organisation (SOCO) bemoaned alleged ostracisation, which it claimed, its members had been subjected to in the wake of the APC primaries and the emergence of Fayemi as the party’s candidate.
In the communique signed by SOCO’s Director General, Dr Ife Arowosoge, the group mentioned the case and explained that rather than the outrage it had attracted, the court case was in the interest of the APC in the state.
The communique said the members of SOCO were “aware of the recent case
pending before the High Court of Ekiti State instituted by the government of Ekiti Sate against the candidate of our party, Dr Fayemi, for the purpose of disqualifying him from contesting the forthcoming election slated for July 14, 2018”.
SOCO held that the suit by the government was aimed at “rendering our party incapable of presenting candidate at the election or removing him from office after winning the election if Ekiti State government wins their case no matter how long that takes”.
According to the group, “It is on this note we unanimously resolved to support the foresighted legal action instituted by the Segun Oni group as this will not only prevent the party from not being part of the governorship election but, very importantly, strengthen the rule of law and our democracy in Nigeria.”