Governorship aspirant in the just concluded APC governorship primaries in Ekiti state, Segun Oni, has threatened to leave the party if his supporters were intimidated.
The former governor alleged that his supporters were being harassed with threats that they won’t be recognized in the event that Minister of Mines and Steel
Development, Kayode Fayemi, wins the July 14 poll.
Oni however, appreciated Fayemi’s gesture of visiting him almost immediately after the election result was declared, saying unity of purpose and friendliness could only be sustained if Fayemi engages his supporters to engender cohesion within the party.
He stressed that he would only return to his former position of APC National Deputy Chairman (South), if leaders of the party ask him to take up that challenge.
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In the keenly contested primary, Fayemi polled 941 votes to defeat other 32 contestants, while Oni came second with 481 votes.
Speaking with journalists in Ifaki-Ekiti yesterday, Oni said he was ready to change the mindset of Ekiti politicians that defection remains the only option after losing an election as a popular and acceptable politician by staying put in APC.
“If they continue to harass my supporters, I may quit the party, because I have responsibility not only to protect them but also to ensure that they are not taken for a ride,” he stated.