Segun Oni, a former Ekiti governorship aspirant and the Deputy National Chairman (South) of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has declared that he is not defecting from the ruling party.
There had been rife speculations in the media that Oni, a former governor of Ekiti state, might leave the APC after losing the party’s governorship ticket to Kayode Fayemi, another former governor, who was his immediate successor.
But reacting via a telephone interview with the Punch, Oni dismissed the speculations, reinstating his position after the primaries when he declared that he would not leave the APC.
Oni, who queried where the speculations came from, said he did not have to become governor before contributing positively to the growth of the state.
The former governor, however, did not rule out leaving the APC if he or any of his supporters is maltreated by the party leadership.
He said, “I don’t know where this rumour is coming from. I addressed the press here in Ekiti and I said I am not going anywhere.
“The reason why I am not going anywhere is because I believe it is not the right thing to do – that when you are not elected in a party, you leave simply because of that.
“I know that as far as Ekiti is concerned today, if I decide to go to any party and pick its ticket, no one can beat me, but I won’t say because of that, I will now trade my dignity.
“I’ve been governor before; I don’t have to be governor to contribute to the growth of my state. I am not going to any party unless something untoward happens; that my people are maltreated because I am championing the cause of many people and I cannot afford to let them down. That rumour is not true.”