"The All Progressives Congress (APC) Deputy National Chairman (South) and governorship aspirant in Ekiti State,Chief Segun Oni,has explained why he recently rejected a N52 million Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) gift from Governor Ayo Fayose.
Fayose recently gave out brand new SUVs to former governors but excluded his immediate predecessor and Minister of Mines and Steel Development,Dr. Kayode Fayemi.
The governor said the action was to show appreciation to the ex-governors for their sacrifices and contributions to the development of the state.
But Oni said giving out brand new SUVs was done at a wrong time,especially when civil servants and pensioners were owed salaries and benefits.
Speaking yesterday through the Director-General of his Campaign Organisation (SOCO),Dr.Ife Arowosoge,then former governor said his rejection of Fayose’s gift was done in the interest of suffering workers and retirees who had not received their pay for many months.
Arowosoge,who spoke at the inauguration of the Advisory Committee of the organisation,urged them to ensure Oni’s victory at the primary in April,next year.
He said: “Although Fayose meant well with the gift,but the question is:why does he have to wait till this time before giving out the cars?
“The former governors are entitled to it. It is their right and privilege;not only the car but even residential houses,even at the Federal Capital.Why then does he have to wait till when he has less than a year to leave the office before recognising them?
“The timing to giving out a jeep of about N52 million at the time state local government workers and pensioners are being owed for several months is what we quarrel with,and not the gift.”
Members of the committee include Gbenga Odebunmi,Chief Biodun Akin-Fasae,Bunmi Akinniyi,Gbenga Obayemi and Dr Dare Ojo.
Others are: Mr Tunji Olatunde and Dr Bayo Arowolaju,while the Secretary of SOCO and the Administrator of the office, Messrs Lekan Oyebanji and Fola Afolalu will represent the situation office on the committee.