Exclude Segun Oni From Ekiti Re-run Poll

The sham former Governor Segun Oni who illegally ruled Ekiti State for close to two years in clear violation of the 1999 Constitution should not be allowed to participate in the re-run Governorship Poll ordered by the Court of Appeal, Ilorin.

Segun Oni and his co-travellers committed high treason against the laws of Nigeria by illegally usurping the exalted office of Governor of Ekiti State since May 29, 2007 till he was ousted from power.

After a careful study of the verdict of the Court of Appeal, Ilorin, the most plausible conclusion for all Nigerian patriots is that the exclusive beneficiary of the electoral heist in Ekiti State on April 14, 2007 was Oni and he must not be allowed to enjoy the benefit of taking part in the re-run poll.

Segun Oni occupied the exalted seat of Ekiti State Governor in flagrant violation of the laws of Nigeria and against the democratic choice of the electorate.

The case is akin to an arrested armed robber who, upon conviction, losses everything, including his life, to the state. No armed robbery convict is allowed to go away with his loot.

The offence committed by ex-Governor Oni’s case is not different from what the late D.S.P George Iyamu, Lawrence Anini and Monday Osunbor did against Nigeria. These individuals not only lost their lives at the firing squad upon conviction, Iyamu particularly forfeited all his property to the government. Vote robbers and beneficiary of vote robbery are worse than Iyamu, Anini and Osunbor.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) should begin the process of redeeming its battered image by excluding Segun Oni from the re-run poll.

Until the court exposed him, Oni carried on his treasonable felony in public office as if he was the choice of the electorate.

Since the judiciary has pointed the way forward for Nigeria’s greatness as a democratic nation, all promoters and participants in electoral banditry who infringe the provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, our only sovereign fatherland, should be disallowed from enjoying continued stay and participation in decent contests.

By Gbenga Fayemiwo