Ekiti 2018: The contest Was Not About Me, Segun Oni React To Party Primary
Former Governor of Ekiti State, Segun Oni has reacted to the May 12 Governorship Primary in Ekiti State.
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NIGERIA NEWS recalls that the former Governor of Ekiti State and minister of mines and steel development, Kayode Fayemi on Saturday emerged the Gubernatorial candidate for the Progressives Congress (APC) ahead of the July 14 Governorship election in the state.
Fayemi who had a total of 941 votes, defeated his closest rival former Segun Oni who had 481 votes and 31 other aspirants to clinch the party ticket.
Reacting to the primary, while addressing journalists in Ifaki-Ekiti, Ekiti, on Tuesday, Oni noted that losing an election primary should not always be a premise for moving to another party. Oni, however, complained about the harassment of his supporters, saying he may quit the party if the harassment goes Unchecked.
“The contest was not about me. Our people must learn a new lesson that when you enjoy goodwill and you lose a primary, the next thing is for you to move to another party, with a thinking that you will win,” he said.
“[But) I have a responsibility to protect my supporters. This habit of winners take all and what we are hearing that Segun Oni’s boys will be in the cooler for four years if APC wins is what I won’t tolerate.
“We are not scavenging, neither are we scavengers. We have been receiving pressure from different parties that we should come for the tickets, but we said no, because we want this to be an example and become a new thinking that when you lose the primary, you must stay in your party even when you are popular.
“But if they continue to harass my supporters, I may quit the party, because I have the responsibility not only to protect them but to ensure that they are not taken for a ride.