Ekiti Guber: Segun Oni begs Tinubu for campaign fund, makes promise

Former Governor of Ekiti State, Engr Segun Oni has approached the All Progressives Congress, APC, National Leader and Presidential Aspirant, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu for financial assistance to fund his gubernatorial campaign.


Credible sources said Oni, who left the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, after losing the party’s primary election, has been sending emissaries to Tinubu in the last two weeks.


Oni dumped the PDP for the Social Democratic Party, SDP, and will be contesting the June 18 governorship election under the party.

Ekiti Guber: Segun Oni begs Tinubu for campaign fund, makes promise
Ekiti Guber: Segun Oni begs Tinubu for campaign fund, makes promise

One of the sources disclosed that Oni reached out to Tinubu’s son-in-law, Hon Oyetunde Ojo on Sunday, pleading with him to assist in convincing the APC national leader to provide financial support for him (Oni) as was done in 2018 when he sought the APC ticket to contest the governorship.


It was also revealed that Oni swore with the Holy Bible while meeting with Oyetunde Ojo, that he will defect to the APC immediately after he is sworn in as governor should he win the election.

Oyetunde Ojo, was said to have been promised the Ekiti Central Senatorial ticket of the SDP has not given any assurance.

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Oni is expected to meet Oyetunde Ojo again this Friday.


Recall, it was also reported that Engr Segun Oni concluded plans to join the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) to contest for the June 18 governorship poll.


It was learnt that his decision to dump PDP for APGA was hinged on the alleged manipulation that characterised the just- concluded party’s governorship primary, which produced Otunba Bisi Kolawole who is believed to be preferred aspirant of Ex-Governor Ayodele Fayose.

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The former Governor is expected to lead over 70,000 members of the opposition PDP across the 177 wards in the State to APGA.


A credible source within the Segun Oni Campaign confirmed that the Ex-Governor will run on the platform of APGA where his name would be listed before the close of substitution.


He stated that Oni was putting finishing touches to his plan to leave PDP for the APGA, adding that he will declare for his new party any moment from Saturday.


The source said: “I can confirm that Oga Segun Oni is leaving PDP any moment from Saturday (today). His decision was informed by the undemocratic manner the just concluded governorship primary was conducted by Akwa Ibom Governor, Udom Emmanuel to favour Ex-Governor Ayodele Fayose’s anointed aspirant.

“So, Oni is convinced that opposition PDP that proud itself as the most democratic political party in Africa is not yet ready to change its usual ways of imposition and godfatherism”.


He hinted the former Governor would be leaving PDP with a sizeable number of members, adding that 10 political parties are willing to adopt Oni as their sole candidate for the forthcoming poll.


When contacted, the Director of Media of Segun Oni Campaign Council, Hon. Lanre Ogunsuyi, said he can neither confirm nor deny the former Governor’s defection plans.


“The rumour is thick. And there can’t be a smoke without fire. Let’s wait patiently till tomorrow,” he stressed.


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