The acclaimed return of the former governor of Ekiti State, Mr. Segun Oni into the Peoples Democratic Party has generated several reactions from some key stakeholders within the party.
While, majority of PDP members especially those in Senator Biodun Olujimi’s camp described Oni’s intention to return as a welcome development, the former Governor of Ekiti State, Mr. Ayo Fayose, has stated that the former deputy national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), indicating his interest to return to the PDP is not welcome to the Ekiti State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), “because he is a paperweight.”
News Nigeria understands that Fayose who stated this while reacting to a declaration letter dated May 24, 2020, which was addressed to the PDP Caretaker Committee by Oni, said Oni and his group are not welcomed in PDP.
Fayose said: “Majority of these Oni’s fellow returnees is nothing but known or no ‘weight’, whose names are simply to fill the gaps in desperation for recognition. They are not welcome.”
Oni’s decision to return to the PDP seems to have reawakened the longtime rift between the two former governors, Fayose and Oni respectively, as Fayose flagrantly discarded the Oni’s intentions owing to “his political irrelevance.”
News Nigeria recalled that Mr. Segun Oni was suspended from the All Progressives Congress (APC) last year for alleged involvement in anti-party activities.
The party in a letter dated 1st May and addressed to the former Governor, APC stated that it took the decision over his failure to appear before the ward executives to clear the allegations against him.