The lull in activities in much of Ado Ekiti, capital of Ekiti state, was shaken off after pictures of former state governor, Olusegun Oni, surfaced as campaign posters asking for votes ahead next year’s Ekiti Governorship election.
The posters flooded the street setting tongues wagging in Ekiti State Chapter of the People’s Democratic Party(PDP).
The posters bearing huge portrait of the ex governor clad in Agbada with Awo’s Cap were seen at the Ajilosun secretariat of the party as well as other strategic places in the State capital.
It carries a bold inscription : “Segun Oni for Governor, the Reformation has Come”.
Commenting on the development, Dr. Bayo Arowolaju, a former Special Adviser to Oni during his time as a governor and member of the Media team of former governor, said they must have emanated from those agitating for the return of his former boss as a governor.
Arowolaju added that the pressure on his former boss to return as a governor has been immense in the last one year, saying the posters should be one of those agitations.
“Well, as an insider in Atunse Ekiti group, I knew that Engr Segun Oni has not formally declared his intention for the plum seat, but there are agitations from groups and individuals that he should take a plunge in 2022.
“All Ekiti people are beginning to see and appreciate how Segun Oni managed the lean resources of our dear state to build road Infrastructures, construct one storey buildings in primary schools, employ over 6,000 civil servants, revamped Ikun dairy farm, Romaco and other moribund state owned firms.
“These posters to us were just a call that the right person should be allowed to govern the state for the people to feel the dividends of democracy”.
Oni was a runner up in the 2018 Governorship Primaries of All Progressives Congress(APC) where he garnered a total of 482 votes to Fayemi, who clinched the ticket. He returned to the PDP in 2020 after an unresolved issues with the party leaders.
The last governorship election was conducted on July 14, 2018, where Governor Kayode Fayemi defeated the candidate of the PDP and the then Deputy Governor, Prof. kolapo Olusola Eleka.
Oni, was the governor of Ekiti between May 29, 2007 and October 15, 2010, after which he was removed through a judgement delivered by former President of Appeal Court, Justice Ayo Isa Salami, in a case instituted by Kayode Fayemi of the Action Congress.
Oni defected to the All Progressives Congress in 2014 to support Fayemi’s second term ambition, where he held a position of the Deputy National Chairman (South).