Guber Poll: Don’t Set Ekiti on Fire, Oni Begs


Segun Oni, an Ekiti governorship candidate under the supervision of the SDP, claimed that some desperate politicians are already violating the peace accord signed before the National Peace Commission led by Gen Abdulsalami Abubakar.

Oni, who stated this on Friday in Ekiti State, claimed that rather than following democratic principles in the conduct of the June 18 Ekiti election, those he referred to as “oppressors” had allegedly dehumanized and demobilised his supporters through unlawful arrests.

Oni, who spoke to journalists in Ado Ekiti on Friday, warned INEC, the international community, security agencies, observers, and other stakeholders about the importance of adhering to democratic ethos in the conduct of the election.

He stated that for the election to be peaceful and without incident, the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Mr Adeniran Tella, and other security formations must remain neutral and ensure justice, fairness, and equity.

“For this election to be acceptable, the REC must stamp and sign all forms EC8A, EC8B, EC8C and EC8D and not by any other agent or staff. Once the REC stamps and signs, nobody will be able to smuggle any form of fake results.

“Nobody should be allowed to tamper with the results. An election is the backbone of democratic practice. If you forgot to relate with the people in the last four years after your election, then you are bound to be rejected. No one should be allowed to win an election by subterfuge.

“Results at polling units must be uploaded at polling units by polling officers in the presence of party agents. INEC must provide alternative network providers to make up for network failure.

“I will keep to the peace accord. But peace can only be protected when you are standing on justice, equity, truth and fair play. Oni Continued.

“But when you are kidnapping people, it renders every peace document invalid. Let us tell them not to set this state on fire. Those who had been going round to kidnap my supporters should be called to order now. They are testing the patience and tolerance of the people.

“One of my supporters was arrested and detained for alleged kidnapping three days back using a section of the police.

“They shouldn’t set this state on fire. If anybody commits an offence and they think they are the authorities to go round and be arresting people at night, then the peace accord becomes shattered immediately.

“I didn’t steal as a governor and that was why I am being supported by the Ekiti people and I should be a good example to all our politicians that we should learn how to be contented”