Ekiti 2018: ‘Oni should quit as APC deputy chair’

A member of the seventh National Assembly in the House of Representatives and governorship aspirant in Ekiti State, Bamidele Faparusi, has threatened to join forces with other like-minded persons to prevent some All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftains from relegating Ekiti South Senatorial District to the background.

Faparusi noted that for the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) to keep its integrity intact before and after the primary, former Ekiti State Governor Segun Oni and Deputy National Chairman (South) of the party should relinquish his position, having joined the governorship race.

The former lawmaker said he suspected that deliberate conspiratorial strategies were being contrived by some powerful leaders in the state and beyond to perpetually keep the people of the area from having a shot at the governorship seat.

He said it will be tantamount to neo-colonialism for the people of the South District to be insulated from having a shot at the governorship position 21 years after the state was created.

Faparusi spoke yesterday at Ode-Ekiti in Gbonyin Local Government Area while reacting to Oni’s expression of interest in the governorship race.

The APC chieftain said though he had enormous respect for the Chief John Odigie-Oyegun-led NWC and could vow for their integrity, there were fears that the party’s primary may not be transparent, if Oni kept his position.

He said: “Our party is bigger than any individual and the party should not allow itself to be put to disrepute by Oni and his cohorts.”

 

 

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