Friday October 07, 2022 4:53 AM

Ekiti 2022: Segun Oni denies striking deal with Tinubu

The former Governor of Ekiti State who is also the  governorship candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) for the June 18 Ekiti State governorship election, has said that he is still in the race as he not withdrawn from the contest.

He debunked the widest rumour  that he has agreement with former Lagos State governor and All Progressives Congress (APC) national leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu to support  APC candidate m.

Speak further, he said that the victory of Tinubu in the APC’s presidential primaries would not make him abandon his governorship aspiration.

Speaking to newsmen in Ado Ekiti, on Wednesday, Oni debunked ever entering any deal with iTinubu whom he said was once his political ally.

He said, “Let me say that this is a lie, I have not seen Asiwaju Bola Tinubu for over a year now. I am here for Ekiti people and I will not compromise the interest of Ekiti people for anything.

“I am not also desperate. I am a contented person and I am not a person that can be bought with money, I can’t be purchased. So, I did not meet anybody anywhere to compromise my candidacy,” Oni stated.

According to him, he hearkened to the voice Ekiti people to venture into the governorship race and that he won’t betray the confidence reposed in him by being steadfast and honest in the prosecution of the election.

He berated  politicians planning to buy votes  in the election, describing vote buying as an unpardonable criminal offence in the face of the law.

He thanked  the operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission(EFCC) and Independent Corrupt and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), to tackle the perpetrators of the criminal tendency.

“EFCC and ICPC operatives must clampdown on those who want to be in power at all cost, but as good as this is, our people must resist unlawful arrest. Nobody should be arrested unalwfully while others are being protected. The clampdown must be total.

“If anyone commits an offence, let him be arrested lawfully through a warrant of arrest. We have seen a situation whereby minority was lorded over the majority, but it won’t happen again in Ekiti.

“Vote buying is a criminal offence and that the position of the ballot box must be such that you drop your ballots before the prying eyes of the buyers saw where you voted.”

Oni said that the SDP won’t engage in vote buying, adding that, “This doesn’t mean some people will not be paid for rendering services to us, but for vote buying, SDP is bluntly opposed to this.”

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