Less than two years to the much-awaited 2022 governorship election in Ekiti State, the campaign poster of former governor Segun Oni to run for the plum position have flooded Ado-Ekiti and some other towns in the state.
The posters on which the umbrella logo of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) appeared were sighted in places in Ado Ekiti metropolis like; Ajilosun, Basiri, Ijigbo, Ilawe Road, Okeyinmi, and other towns like; Ikere-Ekiti and Ifaki, among others.
The posters which confirmed months of speculations on whether or not the Ifaki-Ekiti born politicians would contest the poll shows him decked in a glittering white Aso Oke with a black Awolowo’s style cap.
The posters carrying a bold inscription: “Segun Oni for Governor, for a Greater Tomorrow” were produced and pasted by Ekiti PDP Progressives, a group with the opposition party canvassing support for the former governor.
The campaign materials which attracted so much attention have become the subject of political debates and innuendos that residents now clustered to discuss the consequence of such on the politics of the state.
Oni was the governor of Ekiti between May 29, 2007, and October 15, 2010, after which he was removed through a judgement delivered by former President of Appeal Court, Justice Ayo Isa Salami, in a case instituted by Kayode Fayemi of the Action Congress.
He later joined the ruling All Progressives Congress in 2014 to support Fayemi’s second term ambition, where he held the position of the party’s Deputy National Chairman (South).
The ex-governor returned to the PDP in 2020, the sequel to alleged maltreatment and ostracization of his loyalists by the Governor Fayemi-led APC.
Cross-section of residents including civil servants, artisans, market women and youths averred that Oni remains the messiah that can rescue the people from the jaws of maladministration going his pedigree and laudable achievements in the areas of Infrastructures and prudent management of the lean resources of the state during his ‘ill-fated’ tenure.
Although the former governor has yet to declare his intentions to contest the poll keen observers of Ekiti politics said the posters might be a subtle beginning of his campaign.
Speaking on the development, Dr. Bayo Arowolaju, a member of the Media team of Oni’s political platform named ‘Atunse Ekiti’, said they must have emanated from those agitating for the return of his former boss as a governor.
Arowolaju added that the pressure on his former boss to return as a governor has been immense in the last one year, saying the posters should be one of those agitations.
“Well, as an insider in Atunse Ekiti group, I knew that Engr Segun Oni has not formally declared his intention for the plum seat, but there are agitations from groups and individuals that he should take a plunge in 2022.
“All Ekiti people are beginning to see and appreciate how Segun Oni managed the lean resources of our dear state to build road Infrastructures, construct one storey buildings in primary schools, employ over 6,000 civil servants, revamped Ikun dairy farm, Romaco and other moribund state-owned firms.
“These posters to us were just a call that the right person should be allowed to govern the state for the people to feel the dividends of democracy,” he added.