By Umar Muhammad Puma
Deputy National Chairman (South) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Segun Oni, has faulted statement credited to an elder statesman, Tanko Yakassai, that the 2015 election was rigged in favour of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Yakassai, who is also chairman of Northern Leaders and Stakeholders Assembly (NLSA), was reported to have made the statement when he led members of the steering committee on advocacy visit to former Military President Gen. Ibrahim Babaginda, in Minna Niger state.
Addressing journalists yesterday in Abuja, shortly after he picked his nomination form at the national Secretariat of APC ahead of the party’s governorship primary in Ekiti, Oni dismissed Yakassai’s claim as untrue when ask to comment over the issue.
Engr. Oni, who is currently the National vice chairman south of the party is seeking the ticket of APC to contest the forthcoming governorship election Ekiti state.
He said: “I want to say that, that is not true. The card reader cannot rig election. Human beings can rig elections not card readers. I must say that when people are looking for ways to justify their inadequacies, they will look for failures, they will look for faults, so, the card reader has suddenly become.
“The truth is that, people of Nigeria voted overwhelmingly for Alhaji Muhammadu Buhari. The people of Nigeria were tired of the PDP, the people of Nigeria were clearly embarrassed by a government that went not just pilfering, went to the extent of even stealing what is supposed to be the source of his own wealth.
“They were stealing oil and they were selling it into individual pocket. Have you ever heard that? So, if we’ve had a government, that reckless, a government of President of all us, declaring that stealing is not a corruption. A government that clearly shows that it is clueless which had nothing to contribute and it was probably tired and people of Nigeria went on to vote that government out. People are now waking up from slumber and trying to posit reasons why they lost. They lost because people replied it was time to go,” Oni stated.
Also speaking with newsmen, another aspirant, Muyiwa Olumilua, son of a former governor of Ekiti state, stressed that there was need for good governance in Ekiti, adding that though the state was blessed with greet potentials, it is one of the poorest in the country, adding that with good governance and the right persons in government, Ekiti would become the envy of other states in terms of development.
He said that his administration if voted in, would resuscitate the hailing health facilities in the state and make healthcare more affordable to the people.
The aspirant added that he would give education, agriculture and the state´s economy priority if elected. Edo Leaders move against spoilers, back Oyegun.