By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Frontline All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship aspirant in Oyo State and former governor of the state, Otunba Adebayo Alao-Akala on Saturday pulled out of the primary election for gubernatorial aspirants in the state slated for today Sunday, September, 30.
Otunba Alao-Akala while speaking with newsmen at his resident at Awosika area of Bodija in Ibadan accused Governor Abiola Ajimobi as fooling him and other APC governorship aspirants in the state
The former governor said Governor Ajimobi is allegedly calling people one by one , telling them what to do, saying, the governor “is trying to throw forward someone”.
” I am not just an ordinary politician in this state. Nobody can rubbish me, it is not possible. When you see that somebody is trying to fool you, How can someone as the leader of the party in the state be calling people one by one telling them what to do. We are not stupid, it is annoying” he said.
Emphasizing that his governorship ambition “is not a do or die matter”, the frontline APC governorship aspirant said, “Governor Ajimobi is just trying to be clever by half.We are not fools”
In a statement issued by the Head of New Media and Public Affairs, Alao-Akala Campaign Organization, Mr Jeremiah Akande made available to newsmen in Ibadan, Otunba Alao-Akala directed ” all his teeming supporters, well wishers and party faithfuls who believe in him should stay away from the sham taking place tomorrow and await further directives.”
“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.” .
The statement added,” 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.”
The statement stressed further that “His Excellency, Otunba Adebayo Alao-Akala has therefore decided to “STAY AWAY” from tomorrow’s macabre dance taking place at a yet to be disclosed venue due to the Insensitivity and selfishness of Gov. Abiola Ajimobi who is hellbent on Imposing his stooge as his successor. In view of the above, His Excellency has also directed that all his teeming supporters, well wishers and party faithfuls who believe in him should stay away from the sham taking place tomorrow and await further directives.