Publicity Secretary of Ekiti South Agenda, Mr Jide Ojaomo has faulted the call by a former Governor of Ekiti State, Engr. Segun Oni, to disregard the call for power shift to Ekiti South in 2022.
Recall that Oni who is a gubernatorial aspirant had faulted agitation by other prominent PDP and APC leaders in the South Senatorial District of the State on the importance of producing the next governor from the zone, having been denied the opportunity of such position since the creation of the state in 1996.
Reacting, Mr Ojaomo negates Oni for his unthoughtful opposition to a gentle-man arrangement, wondering why the former Governor who was a product of zoning would take such an unpopular stance.
The statement reads;
“Our attention has been drawn to a well publicised but unthoughtful remarks by former Governor Segun Oni on the call for power shift to Ekiti south in 2022.
It is rather unfortunate that Oni, who claims to be a member of PDP and seeks to actualise his gubernatorial ambition on the party’s platform, failed to understand that zoning is part of the culture of the party.
It is on record that the zoning of elective and appointment is in the brain of PDP. Oni himself was a beneficiary of zoning arrangement when he was presented as the party’s governorship candidate in 2007 despite coming distant third at the primary, simply because of a call for power shift to Ekiti North.
It is ridiculous that same Segun Oni still desires to be a PDP candidate even though Ekiti South is yet to preside over the state, while Ekiti North that he hails from has enjoyed Eleven years of running the state’s affairs
For the record, the call for power shift to a neglected area is not peculiar to Ekiti south alone. In 2007, our party zoned its presidential office to the northern part of the country for equity.
Also in the forthcoming Anambra election, our party picked her candidate, Mr Valentine Ozigbo, from Anambra south in line with power rotation in the state.
Fact is, Governors of southern Nigeria across party lines have demanded presidential power to shift to the region after the eight-year tenure of President Muhammadu Buhari elapses in 2023.
Even at the last gubernatorial election in Ekiti, our great party presented Professor Olusola Eleka from the south as a candidate to change the narrative and of marginalization of the South which was hijacked by the APC.
It is also important to state expressly that Ekiti South has quintessential products for the governorship position. “The narrative that only Oni can win the election for PDP is a figment of imagine. The present situation of APC in Ekiti, vis-a-vis its poor performance, are substantive variables to oust it in 2022.
We, therefore, urge him to desist from this line of thought and join hands with patriotic Ekiti indigenes for the actualisation of a Governor from the south, who will be acceptable by all indigenes of the state, he concluded