A former governor of Ekiti State and the Deputy National Chairman (South) of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Segun Oni, is expected to officially make on open declaration to run for governor in July.
The Director General of the Segun Oni Campaign, Dr Ife Arowosoge, made this known on Thursday.
Arowosoge, a former House of Representatives member, said Oni had written letters of his intention to vie for governor in 2018 to the party executive and leaders at ward, local government and state levels.
He said Oni would also inaugurate the headquarters of his campaign secretariat in Ado Ekiti and also visit the APC state secretariat after which he would visit senatorial offices.
Arowosoge said Oni has been receiving what he described “clarion calls” from interest groups like teachers, civil servants, local government workers, retirees, youth and women groups to take another shot at the governorship race on the strength of his performance while in office between 2007 and 2010.
The campaign chief said Oni has the experience, exposure and pedigree to make a difference if given the chance to occupy the governor’s chair again describing him as “simple, plain-minded, intelligent, humble, respectful, incorruptible, responsible and God-fearing.”
He explained that Oni during his administration provided employment for over 4,000 youth, gave autonomy to both Legislature and Judiciary, accorded traditional institution with respect, gave good welfare package to civil servants and retirees, provided infrastructures and other social welfare programmes.
Arowosoge said: “This is the man we have chosen to work for; we are not ashamed to associate with this man of integrity and we must ensure that he wins both the primary and general election with landslide victory.
“The slogan of 16-0 against APC must not only stop, it must be reversed; it will be 16-0 against PDP.
“The political atmosphere is most favourable for our party now and the only person people are demanding of our party to give them is Chief Olusegun Oni who they are ready to vote in as governor, come 2018.”