Former Governor of Ekiti, Engineer Segun Oni, has played down the recent direct attack on him and his supporters by former Governor Ayo Fayose over their return to the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
Fayose had, in his official Twitter handle, kicked against the planned return of Oni and his team to the PDP, saying they are not welcome.
The immediate past governor of Ekiti also described Oni and his co-travellers as a “bunch of paperweight” politicians who could not impact positively on the fortunes of the party in Ekiti.
Oni, in a letter personally signed by him and 82 other leaders in his network across the 16 local governments in the state, formally notified stakeholders and chapters of the party at the ward, state and national levels of his return to the PDP.
The ex-chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) refused to comment on the response to the open attack directed at him and his team, instead outlines peace and development plan for the troubled party.
A strong member of the team, Dr Ifeoluwa Arowosoge, who served as Oni’s Campaign, Director General in the botched Governorship Ambition said: “Teamwork and fellowship building would be the hallmarks of our engagements, interactions and participation in all activities of the party.”
According to Arowosoge: “Engr. Segun Oni and his numerous supporters are committed to building an inclusive party that would work to protect the interest of all its members.
“We are all excited to be back home to join hands with our compatriots in the strengthening and repositioning of our great party, the PDP, in its quest for good governance in Ekiti State.
“Our return to the party was motivated by selfless considerations and the numerous calls by concerned Ekiti indigenes, home and abroad, on our political leader, Engr. Segun Oni, to deploy his forthright and honest leadership in advancing the good of the party.
“We have asked our friends and supporters who have yet to register to go to their various wards to do so and ensure that they demonstrate commitment and loyalty to the party and its leadership, as well as obedience to the party’s constitution.
“What the party needs, more than ever before, are unity, togetherness, dedication and an aggressive membership drive towards building a big party that will accommodate all and exclude none because we believe in the saying that, ‘the more the merrier’.”