OBJ Versus Buhari: Segun Oni May Dump APC

OBJ Versus Buhari: Segun Oni May Dump APC
January 28 13:17 2018 Print This Article

Following the footstep of former Osun State Governor, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, to work with former President Olusegun Obasanjo in the task of booting out President Muhammadu Buhari from office, the Deputy National Chairman, South, of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Olusegun Oni, may dump the party and teem up with Obasanjo.

Checks by our correspondent revealed that Oni, a former Governor of Ekiti State, like Olagunsoye, left the Peoples Democratic Party in 2014 on the instructions of Obasanjo.

Recall that Oni came third in the PDP governorship primary in 2007, but Obasanjo, as the sitting president, insisted that he be given the party ticket.

Oni, is currently nursing the ambition of contesting the July 14 governorship election in Ekiti, but former Governor Kayode Fayemi has a stranglehold on the APC in the state and Oni getting might be too difficult.

The APC Deputy National Chairman is said to have started reaching out to some aggrieved leaders of the PDP in Ekiti State with a view to getting them to buy the idea of having what is called “the third force.”

“Segun Oni is Obasanjo’s person 100 per cent and whatever he is asked to do by the former President is what he will do. Oni has said several times that if Obasanjo wants him as his gateman, he will willingly accept.

“Therefore, with Obasanjo going against President Buhari as he has done, Oni is as good as out of the main structure in the APC and it is only a matter of time for him to move out of the party to join the coalition being championed by Obasanjo to remove Buhari,” one of Oni’s close allies said.

The coalition, which is due for launch January, 31 is currently being coordinated by a former governor of Osun State, Olagunsoye Oyinlola, who is also a close ally of Chief Oni.

Oyinlola is reportedly acting as the national spokesman of the coalition and such roles would be appointed at all levels, including state, senatorial zones, down to ward level,” said a source close to the secretariat.

In 2015, Obasanjo, who was supporting Buhari then, wanted Oyinlola appointed a minister, but that was not done.

It was only late last year that Buhari appointed Oyinlola as the chairman of the National Identity Management Commission.

He, like other appointees, are yet to be inaugurated.

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