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I DON’T HAVE PENCHANT FOR AMASSING WEALTH - ONI

By Lere Olayinka
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Former Governor of Ekiti State, Chief Olusegun Adebayo Oni has said that he has never had penchant for amassing wealth, but has always been concerned with serving the people and would continue to render services to humanity.

Oni, who was speaking during a thanksgiving service for his exit from office, held Methodist church, Ifaki-Ekiti, yesterday said he was aware that some people were blaming him for not amassing wealth for himself.

The former governor, who testified to the goodness of God in his life despite the Appeal Court judgment that removed him from office said that he never regretted not amassing wealth while in office because success in life was not about riches alone.

"I want to testify to the goodness of God because He has made me a horse that does not covet riches, power and even comfort. I only covet one thing and that is service.

We are too big to be an opposition to anybody; we will applaud anything that is done in d interest of the people and vehemently go against anything that is done against the people.

Oni also thanked the Olufaki of Ifaki, Oba Oluwole agbaje and the people pof the town for the honour done him and his wife with the title of Asiwaju and Yeye Asiwaju of ifaki, saying; "I do not covet honour too but something extraordinary happened to me yesterday, the Kabiyesi, Olufaki of ifaki who sat close to me yesterday concealed everything until the last minute, what I thought will never happened, happened to me, I was made the Asiwaju of ifaki, so today I will be dropping the title I cherish so much.

The church service was witnessed by PDP top shots, including minister of state for Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Navy Captain Caled Olubolade, Senator Ayo Arise, Chief Ojo Falegan, Prof Babalola Borishade, former deputy governor, Dr Sikiru Tae Lawal, Chief Dayo Okondo, State Chairman of the PDP, Chief Bola Olu-Ojo, former Secretary to the State Government, Ambassador Dare Bejide, former commissioners and special advisers, former chairmen and members of boards and commissions, traditional rulers, clergymen and other notable indigenes of Ekiti State.

Speaking at the service, Bishop of Methodist Church of Nigeria, Oyo Diocese, Archbishop Ayo Ladigbolu eulogised Oni, describing him as a worthy ambassador of the church and a son to be proud of by the people of Ifaki.

He said God's vision for the former governor as regards the future is bigger than that of the present, saying; “God has destined you for greatness that will be far beyond where you are now.”

Earlier on Saturday, the former governor was giving a rousing welcome by the people of Ifaki as thousands of people trouped out to welcome him to the town.

Oni, who arrived Ifaki at about 3:55 pm, had earlier been treated to a rousing welcome at Omuo Ekiti by Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) supporters who stormed the border town with over 200 vehicles.

Oni, who entered Ifaki in a convoy of over 200 vehicles was welcomed back home by the Olufaki, who described Oni as a worthy son of Ifaki and Ekiti in general. The monarch later conferred the title of Asiwaju of Ifaki on Oni and Yeye Asiwaju of Ifaki on his wife.

Speaking at the event, Engr Oni thanked the people and promised to continue to serve Ekiti State in whatever capacity he found himself.