Former Governor, Ekiti State, Chief Segun Oni, on Monday February 1, 2021 declared his intention to contest the 2022 gubernatorial election in the state.
Oni, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) also said the people of the state have proved over time that incumbency factor and federal might cannot save a party that Ekiti people have rejected.
He spoke while opening his campaign office christened “PDP Family Edifice”, in Ado Ekiti, Nigeria.
Oni promised to work with party leaders in the state including former Governor Ayodele Fayose, Senator Biodun Olujimi and others to reposition the PDP and make it formidable to achieve the task of wrestling power from the ruling All Progressives Congress.
The former Governor said, “Except the parameters change, I am interested in the governorship. Though, only God knows tomorrow, but as of now yes, I am contesting and we are projecting that God will sanction it.”
He appealed to Ekiti PDP leaders to coalesce effort to midwife the process of reconciliation in the party, saying, “No single action can cement any crack in a political party, but when the processes are coming from different ways, then you see the crack filled up.
“I have been in politics for long and I understand the importance of unity. Let all leaders play their roles. Politics is a team game,” the former governor said.
Oni expressed confidence that the PDP would defeat APC in the 2022 election, saying, “If you look at the mood in town now, the people have changed their minds going by what the people are saying in town, saying they would not vote for APC in the next election.
“Ekiti PDP is not afraid of incumbency power and the federal might. No government is undefeatable.
“President Donald Trump wanted to conquer America. He introduced Mafian styles thinking that he could not be defeated. Where is he today? He is in Florida in retirement. That is the power of the people.
“Politicians should be able to subject themselves to the will of the people so that we won’t destroy the system. You can see that if our democracy had continued growing from 1966, Nigeria would be better than where we are today.
“All of us must be subject to the will of the masses. No one should think he could perpetuate himself in power. In the Ekiti governorship, I won’t advise anybody to do anything funny, that won’t be in the best interest of anyone.”