Olusegun Oni, Deputy National Chairman (South) of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has denied holding secret meetings with leaders of the opposition, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to achieve his 2018 governorship ambition in Ekiti.
The former Ekiti Governor made the denial at a news conference in Ado-Ekiti on Sunday.
He said that he had never had a one-on-one with the PDP National Caretaker Committee Chairman, Ahmed Makarfi in his life.
He also denied holding any secret meetings with Governor Ayo Fayose at any hotel in Lagos.
Oni was reacting to talks that he was holding secret meetings to discuss the possibility of crossing over to the PDP to realise his governorship ambition.
Oni had recently declared his intention to contest the next governorship seat in the state, as the tenure of the current administration will end in October, 2018, while the election is expected to hold by mid 2018.
He decried what he called “attacks from within” by those allegedly uncomfortable with his ambition to vie for the governorship seat next year.
He alleged that some people had been assigned to pull him down by all means, saying the alleged attacks were only making him to become more popular.
Oni, who said he was not desperate to become governor again, stressed that the fates of all aspirants jostling for the party’s ticket would be decided by delegates at the party’s primary.
“Some individuals have written a petition against me to the party’s national secretariat demanding that i step down immediately as Deputy National Chairman (South).
“But, it is like these individuals have forgotten that the party’s constitution allows me to remain in that post until one month before the primaries.
“The attacks are from within the party and most of them are coming from the social media, but i am not bothered at all because whatever that will be good will be rough initially.
“I am very much aware that some people have been given the assignment to pull me down, but i put my trust in God and at the end, good will triumph over the evil.
“Anybody who does not want Oni will either contest against him or support any aspirant. I am not desperate to be governor, and i will leave (my post) when the (party) constitution says I should leave.
“By saying that i met Fayose in a hotel in Lagos and Makarfi in my house in Ifaki-Ekiti, these people are over rating me and i feel honoured.
“The last one-on-one i had with Governor Fayose was a day after General Adebayo was buried when i brought the invitation from the Borisade family to officially notify him of his demise and to also congratulate him on the honour done Baba Adebayo.
“I have never had a one-on-one with Makarfi and if they are saying he was in my home, i feel honoured.
“Those saying this have nothing to sell, but i have told my people not to abuse or attack anybody, if they have the product that is sellable, they should continue to sell it,” he said.