Ekiti Guber Re-Run Fixed For 25 April: Oni Boycotts Meeting

Segun OniIn what appears to be the grim hand-writing of impending defeat on the wall, the deposed governor of Ekiti State, Mr. Segun Oni, shunned the Abuja parley where the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) announced a new date (Saturday, 25 April, 2009) for the Ekiti state governorship election re-run, ordered by the Appeal Court sitting in Ilorin.

The meeting which was attended by the Action Congress governorship candidate, Dr. Kayode Fayemi and his running mate, as well as other candidates and parties representatives. Oni’s running mate was however sighted at the meeting.

Oni was thrown out of office on Tuesday, 17 February, by the court of appeal sitting in Ilorin, over rigging and other malpractices that characterized the 14 April,2007, governorship election in Ekiti state.

The court ordered that a fresh election be conducted to pick a new governor within 90 days. Fayemi had contested against Oni in 2007 and was widely believed to have won the election which was rigged in favour of Oni. Fayemi is currently leading in 113 wards and is believed to be waiting to add the majority from the remaining 64 wards that would be contested on 25th April 2009.

With utmost vigilance by the electorates against vote-rigging and vote-robbers, feelers from the camp of the ousted governor tells of how uncomfortably sad he had been since his ouster, seeing the herculean mountain of impossibility of repeat rigging performance.