Deputy National Chairman (South) of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Segun Oni and other leaders of the party in his camp may have been placed under close watch over their closeness to former President Olusegun Obasanjo, who has formed a coalition to oust President Muhammadu Buhari.
Source very close to the Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Dr Kayode Fayemi, quoted him as saying today that; “We know that Engr Segun Oni will follow Obasanjo to anywhere he goes and with Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola coming out openly today at the launching of Obasanjo’s Coalition Movement as its coordinator, it is certain that Oni is no longer with us. But we will be watching him and his men.”
Fayemi was said to have informed President Buhari about Oni’s strong affinity with Obasanjo when he visited him alongside former Governor of Ekiti State, Chief Niyi Adebayo a few weeks ago.
“Oyinlola’s presence at the launch of the coalition movement in Abuja has confirmed all our worries. Oyinlola and Oni are like five and six politically and it is certain that he (Oni) will be involved in the coalition to stop Baba (Buhari) from seeking reelection,” the source quoted Fayemi to have said.
Even though Obasanjo was not present at the launch of the movement today, two former Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governors, Olagunsoye Oyinlola and Donald Duke, were in attendance.
The former president had in a lengthy and critical public statement on Tuesday, January 23 suggested the formation of the movement and advised Buhari against seeking a second term in office.
It should be recalled that Oni, who is presently nursing the ambition of picking the APC ticket to contest the July 14, 2018 governorship election in Ekiti State, was among those who left the PDP in 2014 on the instruction of Obasanjo.
In 2012, Obasanjo installed the duo of Oyinlola and Oni were installed as PDP national secretary and National Vice Chairman (Southwest) respectively. It was the removal Oyinlola, Oni and Chief Bode Mustapha from the PDP national exco that angered Obasanjo in 2013.