Ex-Governor Segun Oni set to dump APC, hints of return to PDP

•Ex-Governor Segun Oni

After months of political inactivities, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Engineer Segun Oni said arrangements have been concluded for his return to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Oni, in telephone interview with journalists in Ado-Ekiti confirmed his next political journey to the PDP.

The  ex governor and National Deputy Chairman of the PDP spoke of an alleged indifference of the party towards his plight and those of his supporters in the last few years.

He said he took the decision to return to the PDP as a way of acceding to the request of his people, who were desirous of taking the political step.

While justifying the position taken by him to return to the PDP, the former governor said : “You all knew the kind of treatment I have been getting. As we speak, none of my supporters was being allowed to get appointment or contest elections in APC.

“If the APC gives me the whole world, I won’t be happy seeing integral part of my political life, I mean my supporters being treated badly.”

“At a particular time, I was suspended in my ward at Ifaki Ekiti and nothing was said about it. I am the Asiwaju of this town , if someone could have the effrontery to do that to me here, you could see it had sent a signal that there was a problem.

“It is not about Segun Oni, my peoole and supporters are the main issue”, he stated.

Meanwhile, Oni didn’t give the actual time he will formally join the PDP.

“We have taken a decision and we are at the process of joining the PDP. We are going to set up implementation committee to work on our programme of actions. Our joining PDP is not something that won’t take three months.

“I am not that kind of a politician that will rush at things, we can’t just go back that way. There must be proper planning. We are carrying out local government by local government counting of those that will follow us.”

“Those who took the action were my supporters across all the local governments and 177 wards, who felt bad about the whole scenario in APC. But the major thing is that, we are moving, we have taken a decision to go back and on that we are working on”, he said.

When asked whether he has informed former governor Ayodele Fayose, who was a known political rival to him,  Oni said he is ready to work with other major stakeholders in the PDP, in his quest to return to the party.

“We are reaching out to everybody, because we are all relevant stakeholders in this game and I know and sure that they will be happy to receive us”.

(Source: Daily Independent. Headline edited)

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