By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Chief Adebayo Adelabu on Sunday won the governorship primary election of the ruling All Progressives Congress in Oyo State.
Chief Adelabu emerged winner of the Oyo APC governorship primary election held at the Lekan Salami Stadium , Ibadan following the stepping down for him by other major contestants at the primary.
It was like a drama when one of the leading governorship aspirants in the party, Mr Joseph Tegbe said to be reportedly favoured by the leader of the party in the state, Goveror Abiola Ajimobi publicly announced that he is stepping down for Chief Adelabu.
Other APC aspirants present at the venue of the primary election except Chief Adeniyi Akintola (SAN) immediately followed by publicly announcing their stepping down for Chief Adelabu.
However, few hours after the commencement of voting at the primary election, Chief Akintola too announced his withdrawal from the race.
It will be recalled that a frontline governorship aspirant in the party and former governor of the state, Otunba Adebayo Alao-Akala on Saturday announced his pulling out of the APC governorship primary election and directed his supporters to stay away from the venue of the primary election.
Also on Sunday, another APC governorship aspirant in the state, Dr Azeez Adeduntan announced his pulling out of the governorship primary election.
Otunba Alao-Akala in a statement made available to newsmen by the Head of New Media and Public Affairs, Alao-Akala Campaign Organization, Mr Jeremiah Akande
reads, “Otunba Adebayo Alao-Akala wishes to state categorically and put the leadership of the party and the General Public on Notice that Governor Abiola Ajimobi has perfected plans to Impose one Joseph Olasunkanmi Tegbe on delegates as he has sent his foot soldiers around to coerce and Intimidate delegates to vote for the said Tegbe tomorrow at the party primaries against their free will.” .
” Former Governor of Oyo state and Gubernatorial aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress in the State Otunba Adebayo Alao-Akala has called on the National Leadership of the Party, President Mohammadu Buhari and other Leaders of the party to come to the aid of the Oyo state chapter of the All Progressives Congress which is on the brink of collapse due to the high-handedness and Imposition of candidate on delegates who will vote at the Primary Election of the party taking place tomorrow by Gov. Abiola Ajimobi.”
“His Excellency, Otunba Adebayo Alao-Akala, a true party man and committed loyalist to any cause he believes in wishes to state categorically that he is not a push over in the game of Politics and as a well grounded and groomed politician who has occupied the number one seat of a Politically conscious state as Oyo state will not be part of any move or attempt to subvert the true will and wish of the people by the selfish interest of an Individual. The General Public should also note that Gov. Abiola Ajimobi has clandestinely offered Otunba Adebayo Alao-Akala the Ministerial slot of Oyo state in an attempt to pitch him against Barr. Adebayo Shittu, an offer he has rejected in it’s entirety as he is not one to be tailored or shown the way round in the game of Politics.”