By Stanley Azuakola
For several years, Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State was in the tribunals and the court battling to retrieve his mandate which was stolen by the PDP governor of Ekiti, Segun Oni. For three years he struggled until the federal court of appeal, Ilorin, headed by Justice Ayo Salami gave the October 2010 ruling that ousted Oni.
Before, during and after that fierce battle, there was no negative name in the book that ex-governor Oni was not called: “fetish”, “violent”, “dishonest”, “wicked” and many others. All that time, one name that Oni was not called was “progressive.” In fact, Fayemi had kinder words for another former PDP ex-governor Ayo Fayose than for Segun Oni.
Now the table has turned and following the merger of the All Progressives Congress and the new PDP, which Oni belonged, Gov. Fayemi suddenly has glowing words for his predecessor.
He said on Thursday that he was ready to work with Oni who he described as a progressive politician because of his antecedents as a founding member of the Advanced Congress of Democrats.
The governor spoke in Erinmope Ekiti in Moba Local Government Area of Ekiti State during a meeting held in continuation of his tour of the local government areas in the state.
He said, “The role that he (Oni) played during the battle to wrestle power from the former Governor Ayodele Fayose is noteworthy.”
Fayemi said, “If you know the political antecedents of former Governor Segun Oni, you will see that he has always been a member of this party. We worked together at the launch of ACD which worked with Alliance for Democracy on the formation of Action Congress.
“I see no reason why his coming on board will not be welcome by a right thinking progressive. We are unique, Ekiti is one. We belong to one group. So, anyone who is a lover of progress, a lover of development and a lover of peace, is clearly welcome.”