Ekiti State Governor, Mr Peter Ayodele Fayose has lambasted the former governor of the state, Mr Segun Oni saying that he cannot appreciate popularity of other politicians or value it because he had never been a popular politician and neither had he won election in his life.
Fayose who spoke through his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Idowu Adelusi was reacting to statement credited to Segun Oni in the media that PDP’s victory in Ekiti State has not proved Fayose’s popularity.
Describing Oni as a politician who had always relied on godfathers to impose themselves on him due to his unpopularity should not be castigating Fayose who had removed reproach placed on him by former governor Kayode Fayemi by removing his photographs from the Governor’s Office.
Adelusi said ‘since it takes the deep to call to the deep, only a successful politician would be able to appreciate what it takes to win election.’
Adelusi said : “If Fayose who after leaving office could come back eight years after to defeat the APC incumbent governor in all the 16 local governments of the state and as well trounced APC in the presidential, National Assembly and state assembly elections, how then can Oni measure popularity?”
According to Adelusi,’Oni has never won election in his life. In 2006, he came third in the PDP governorship primaries, but the godfathers gave the ticket to him.’
Adelusi continued, ” Segun Oni did not win the 2007 governorship election which informed the nullification of his election by the court. Similarly, because he was imposed by the PDP National Vice Chairman ( South West), the court again removed him.
“How do you compare Segun Oni who was always removed from office by court due to unpopularity with Fayose who has always won elections and whose elections have always been affirmed by the court?”
Adelusi said it was wrong for Oni or any APC leader or supporter to say that Fayose sponsored the crisis in the State House of Assembly, saying that it was Oni and other APC leaders who instructed the APC lawmakers not to cooperate with Fayose government.
Fayose’s spokesman traced the genesis of the crisis to non appearance of Adewale Omirin, the then speaker at the venue of inauguration of Fayose as governor and the immediate closure of the assembly by Omirin asking the legislators to proceed on an indefinite recess.
Adelusi said due to intervention by some elders, Omirin reopened the assembly but vowed not to consider any bill brought by the governor so as to cripple the government, adding that it was in line with instructions given to them by their leaders to frustrate the government that informed Omirin again closing the assembly indefinitely last November and the APC lawmakers relocated to Lagos.
“It is very disgusting that Oni who was once disgraced by the APC leaders could now connive with them to sponsor instability in Ekiti State and want to bring down the government that restored his honour.
“Therefore, Oni and his co-travellers should take note that Ekiti people will defend this mandate given to Fayose with the last pint of their blood,” said Adelusi.