Ado-Ekiti — Former governor of Ekiti State, Mr. Segun Oni, yesterday condemned the ejection of residents of Makoko in Lagos, saying Governor Babatunde Fashola should have provided alternative houses for them before embarking on the exercise.
Oni, who addressed journalists at Ifaki, in Ido/Osi council area of Ekiti said, "It is wickedness; Lagos has enough resources to build houses for people relocated or ejected from their abode. It is extreme wickedness.
I don't have anything against relocating people from Makoko, but let us be considerate and humane in our actions. I am not in support of throwing them out to the extent that the Baale (traditional head) of the place is assassinated in the process. Even during the military era, former military administrator of Lagos, Raji Razaki built houses at Ikota before ejecting those at Maroko. I am disappointed that people could be subjected to such terrible treatment under a civilian government".
He also described the just concluded council election in Ogun State where the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) cleared all the chairmanship positions, as a charade. He said the election was nothing but a mockery of democracy and advocated that the constitution should be amended to enable the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) take over the conduct of election in council areas. The former governor alleged that votes were not counted at polling booths, and that PDP agents were not allowed at collation centers.
Oni alleged that many people including former President Olusegun Obasanjo were disenfranchised as their names could not be traced in the voters' registers.
The former governor maintained that he remains the National Vice Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) notwithstanding the pronouncement of a High Court which asked him to stop parading himself as such.
Oni said a Court of Appeal has vacated the exparte order which restrained him from acting as the national vice chairman of the party in the South West.