National Deputy Chairman, (South) of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Segun Oni has threatened to quit the party over alleged harassment of his supporters in Ekiti State, South-West Nigeria.
Oni, a former Governor of the state, between 2007 and 2011 had contested in last week’s party primaries but lost to the current Minister of Solid Mineral, Kayode Fayemi.
However, he came second in the party primaries.
Speaking at a press briefing in Ifaki Ekiti on Tuesday, Oni said he was prepared to change the tradition that defection is the only alternative of politicians who lost in polls by remaining in the APC.
His words: “Our people must learn a new lesson that when you enjoy goodwill, and you lose a primary, the next thing is for you to move to another party, thinking that you will win.
“We are approaching a windstorm, which is the election and I believe we need to take caution on both sides. As much as we are ready to work with the winner, they too must be receptive and be trusting.
“We are not scavenging, neither are we scavengers. We have been receiving pressures from different parties that we should come for their tickets, but we said no because we want this to be an example and become a new thinking that when you lose the primary, you must stay in your party even when you are popular.
“But if they continue to harass my supporters, I may quit the party, because I have responsibility not only to protect them but ensure that they are not taken for a ride,” he said.
Responding to questions from newsmen on the financial cost involved in the primaries, Oni said thus: “Money played a prominent role in the election, and virtually every aspirant was guilty of it.
“But let me say, our party won’t tread this path again, because a situation whereby few people are allowed to elect a candidate and see it as an opportunity to maximize their profit is dangerous.” Oni said.