Segun Oni’s running mate clears up APC defection rumors

Just two months after the gubernatorial election in Ekiti state, there are concerns that Ladi Owolabi, the Social Democratic Party’s running mate in the election, Segun Oni, has abandoned him as he battles to win in the Electoral Petitions Court. . There were reports that he had left the SDP for the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). the Independent National Electoral Commission had declared APC candidate Biodun Oyebanji the winner of the June 18 gubernatorial election. Oni, who came second in the poll, is challenging the election results in court. He is urging the court to declare him the winner of the poll for having obtained the highest number of valid votes. It will be recalled that Mr. Owola, as well as Mr. Oni, were members of the APC prior to the party’s primaries that led to the gubernatorial election. But Owolabi’s attendance last week at an event organized by the Southwest Agenda for Tinubu 2023 (SWAGA) promoting APC national leader Bola Tinubu’s presidential bid was seen as his latest move to return to APC. However, he has denied the allegations and says he has not left the SDP. He admitted to having attended the event organized by SWAGA, arguing that the group was not a political party. In a statement he signed in Ado Ekiti on Saturday, Owolabi clarified that he is still a member of the SDP. He said the “falsehood” was being spread by some people he described as “disgruntled elements” who accused him of leaving his party to join APC because of his attendance at the SWAGA meeting held in Ado Ekiti last week. . “The innuendo was just a figment of the street vendors’ imaginations,” he said. “It was true that I attended the meeting called by SWAGA in Ado Ekiti because I am a member, most importantly, I am a descendant of SWAGA in the coalitions that transformed into the Segun Oni Campaign Organization that populated the SDP in Ekiti state. “It was reasonable to inform the socio-political organization about the development of the elections and the consequences as its representative. “Let me say this in a categorical statement that SWAGA is not a political party and it does not mean that members of the group should be in APC. In fact, some of the APC leaders don’t see the group as part of the party, so I don’t see any reason why some people would now conclude that because I attended the SWAGA meeting I joined their party. ” Owolabi said he would remain a member of the SDP “as long as God willing.” “I am the SDP’s deputy governor candidate, and only a person who has lost his senses will think that I will abandon my mandate and take a hopeless position.” Mr. Owolabi urged the public to ignore the “rumor” altogether, adding that the most important thing to him now was how to win back APC’s stolen mandate in the state, so that the state could make progress again. Read More Related News Here Let here it in the comment below if you do have an opinion on this; Segun Oni’s running mate clears up APC defection rumors