Former governor of Ekiti State, Chief Segun Oni, was in his best element last Wednesday at the mega rally during which Governor Kayode Fayemi of the state received the official flag of the All Progressives Congress for the June 21 governorship election. As he mounted the rostrum and saluted the people, he was greeted back with a thunderous ovation. Oni who was formerly National Vice Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party in the South-west had dumped the party for APC. He told the people to avoid voting for “somebody who cannot be pointed at as a role model for youths and somebody that will once again slip away under barbed wire”.

“We should give people who want to drag us back any chance at all. They cannot give you anything free. They will put you in coffins and ask you to swear by oath.”

He said many more. Oni’s speech was the highpoint of the day. The former governor spoke from the heart. He then held the #I Support Fayemi for Governor placard.  It was at the Oluyemi Kayode Stadium in the state capital. In attendance at the rally were former Head of State, General Muhammadu Buhari, APC Interim National Chairman Bisi Akande, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, Chief Ogbonnaya Onu, Chief Tom Ikimi, Chief Segun Osoba,  Alhaji Abdullahi Adamu, former FCT Minister Nasir el-Rufai, former EFCC Chairman Nuhu Ribadu and Alhaji Kashim Ibrahim-Imam among others. Of the 16 APC governors, only those of Borno and Yobe, for obvious reasons, and Ogun State Governor Ibikunle Amosun because of the economy summit holding in his state, were not at the rally. There were many Senators, House of Representatives members and many other notable politicians in attendance. The issue was not who was there, it was who was not. There was a mammoth crowd, a horde of artistes, comedians and entertainers, but all the loud celebration and musical interlude earlier planned for the declaration were yanked off in deference to the somber mood of the nation occasioned by last week’s bomb blast in Jos and the abduction of the over 200 Chibok school girls.

As Fayemi mounted the rostrum, the crowd surged forward. He thanked the people of Ekiti and the dignitaries that came from far and near for the honour done him, saying “Its an honour I take seriously”. He said his life had been a life of service to Almighty and humanity. “Public service is too serious to be left to charlatans.” He said with him as governor for a second term, Ekiti would move forward and that the state’s future was certain.


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