Some All Progressives Congress (APC), youths in Ekiti State, under the aegis of Ekiti APC Youths Congress (EAYC) have told the Deputy National Chairman south of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Segun Oni to return the over N500 million he received from former President Goodluck Jonathan to fund his rerun governorship election in 2009 before accusing anyone of corruption, saying it was the peak of political hypocrisy and immorality for someone like Segun Oni, who benefitted from corruption and injustice to speak against corruption.
The youths, who also advised Oni to resign from his position as the APC Deputy National Chairman if he was serious about his governorship ambition said it was politically immoral for him (Oni) to be in office as a member of the APC National Working Committee (NWC) and at the same time be parading himself as a governorship aspirant.
Reacting to Oni’s comment that Jonathan should apologize to Nigerians for his running a corrupt government, the APC youths said in a press statement issued on Monday, and jointly signed by Mr Tope Ogunkuade and Comrade Tunji Adeleye, Convener and Secretary respectively, that it was on record that Jonathan was the Chairman of Presidential Committee on Segun Oni’s rerun election in 2009 and he got over N500 million through the former President, who was the Vice President then.
The statement read; “Our attention has been drawn to comment made by Chief Segun Oni, asking former President Goodluck Jonathan to rather apologise to Nigerians for failing to fight corruption while in office and we wish to state expressly that he (Oni) does not have moral rights to make such comment.
“In 2009, this same Jonathan, who was the Vice President led Segun Oni’s rerun governorship election campaign and provided over N500 million for the election, which was eventually rigged for Oni and his PDP.
“Someone provided funds for your election, made sure the election was rigged in your favour and you enjoyed proceed of that corruption, yet, you are now accusing the same person of corruption? That is the height of hypocrisy and we the youths of the APC won’t condone such display of hypocrisy in our party.
“Oni will therefore have to first return the campaign fund he received from Jonathan before accusing anyone of corruption.
“Also, it is on record that Oni came third in the PDP primary before he was placed above the aspirants that came first and second. If he (Oni) has moral and integrity as being presented, why did he accept to benefit from injustice done to others? Why did he accept to be number one from number three?
“Most importantly, how can Oni be in office as a member of our party’s NWC and still be parading himself as governorship aspirant? If he has integrity, shouldn’t he have resigned as APC Deputy National Chairman before declaring his intention to vie for the party’s guber ticket?
“Oni should know that the fact that he got the position of Deputy National Chairman, which should have gone to our foremost leader, Otunba Niyi Adebayo, do not place him at any better position than other decampees in the party and the earlier he brings himself back to the fantasy land to the reality that this is APC and not PDP where number three can become number one overnight, the better for him.”