Supporters of former governor of Ekiti State, Engr Segun Oni, have accused the incumbent Governor of the State, Kayode Fayemi of running a nepotistic and clannish administration.
The Director-General of the political support group, ‘Atunse Ekiti Movement, Ife Arowosoge said they have asked the former Governor to lead them out of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) because of marginalization of its members by the APC in the state.
“At the meeting held at Ifaki-Ekiti and attended by 250 of Oni’s core loyalists, where they resolved that the supporters were being treated like lepers in Ekiti APC.
“It was our observation at the meeting that our loyalists in Ekiti APC don’t believe in democracy from the ward, local government and state levels while the appointments to government positions at the state and federal levels are limited to family members, friends and associates of the governor.
“Dr Kayode Fayemi and his group in Ekiti introduced a novelty of nepotism and clannishness in selecting people into elective positions that are not known to democracy anywhere in the world. In the last election, no nomination form was made available or refund made to any Oni’s supporters.
“Many of our members were threatened with expulsion and suspension while some handpicked ward executives were instigated to suspend him indefinitely. We sent a petition to the NWC about this irresponsible action, but nothing was done.
“For all these, Atunse Ekiti sees no future for their members in APC because of deep-rooted impunity and display of hatred for Segun Oni. This group thereby advised their leader, Segun Oni, whom they have been following for his integrity, honesty and incorruptibility and records of performance anywhere he serves to lead them out of APC to PDP,” he said.
On why they want to return to PDP, Arowosoge said: “The party has made mistakes and apologised but things are getting worse in APC. We have contributed to APC but got nothing in return; so our defection is justifiable and not self-serving.”