Segun Oni, former governor of Ekiti and National Vice Chairman, All Progressives Congress (Southwest) has said aspirants and their agents became disillusioned about the last Saturday’s inconclusive Ekiti governorship primaries after they discovered an attempt to compromise the process. Oni, who is an aspirant, accused the Minister of Mines and Steel, Kayode Fayemi of planting his lackey Aliyu Mogaji to be secretary of the election organising committee.
“How would one feel to get to the field of play and find out that the referee was nominated by one of the teams? We found out that the secretary of the committee, Aliyu Mogaji, was nominated by an aspirant and Governor Al-Makura later got to know about this and dropped him from functioning as the returning officer.
“Even the fraud festered to the ranks of the security agencies. I quite appreciate the fact that violence was not the right way, but it was caused by anger.
“That is why the NWC led by Chief John Odigie-Oyegun owes all of us a thorough explanation about how Mogaji found himself in the committee and how to prevent such in future, except that we are hiding under democracy to fool ourselves,” Oni stated.
Oni absolved the chairman of the election committee and Nasarawa Governor Tanko Al-Makura of complicity. He claimed the chairman might be unaware of the Magaji’s inclusion in the committee. Other aggrieved aspirants including Babafemi Ojudu also alleged security agents working for Fayemi, also a former governor, were seen influencing delegates on who to vote.
Ojudu, a Senior Special Adviser on Political Matters to President Buhari, debunked the accusation from the Fayemi camp that he was desperate to clinch the party’s ticket.
“They said I was desperate, let us ask ourselves, who among the aspirants took delegates to Igbara Oke and Owo in Ondo State to camp?
“All these antics will not work. The primary will be conducted and it must be free, fair and credible,” Ojudu said.