Former governor of Ekiti State and Deputy Chairman, South, of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Engr. Segun Oni, said politicians are not always at each other’s throats as portrayed in the media. They actually do relate as brothers when they need to.
“Let me say that there are times we play politics, there are times we relate as brothers. We are first and foremost brothers, all of us. Otunba Adebayo, Dr. Fayemi, Governor Fayose, myself and a host of others, we are brothers. We play politics when we need to. We relate as brothers every time there is an opportunity,” Oni told Vanguard in an interview, adding, “It would have been much better for the state if we can reduce the wedge between us in politics.”
He expressed his appreciation to Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayose for restoring his privileges as a former governor.
“I am grateful to Governor Fayose. He did not talk politics with me. He did not even talk with me. I see this as a show of goodwill. However, that does not change my politics or change where I belong politically,” he said.
Oni however disagreed with Fayose’s stance on the crisis in the Ekiti State House of Assembly. According to him, it would have been better if Fayose looked at the issue from his own point of view. “How can you say seven people are superior to 19?” he queried.
“I am personally going to make an attempt to talk to him and his people so that he can return to reality which is, there is a Speaker who has principal officers. No voice under heaven will make seven to be superior to 19.”
Commenting on the APC’s peaceful primaries, which held last December, Oni described it as the best thing to have happened to Nigeria in terms of internal democracy.
“It was a primary that nobody knew who was going to carry the day. That means that it was free, fair. It was glaring to everybody. And that is why I think we have the almighty God to thank for this,” he said.
The former governor also said that the presidential candidate of the APC, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari has a very bright chance of winning the February 14 election.
“We are very confident that we will overcome. We said one thing on that day and I want to repeat it here. This primary is an indication that God is actually involved in the Nigeria project. This is the finger of God. Everything went right. And it has been going right, from the primaries all over the place. It means the change Nigerians have been yearning for and the answer to their prayer has started coming. For anybody who can analyze, introspect, you would have seen that this indeed is the direction God is taking Nigeria. We are a party that is very heavy on the ground, because we are receiving everyday converts from other parties,” Oni told Vanguard.