*says Ladoja knocked him out of opposition planned coalition
By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Former Governor of Oyo State and the governorship candidate of the Action Democratic Party (ADP), in the March 9 governorship election, Otunba Adebayo Alao-Akala on Friday said it was the Presidency that prevailed on him to form an alliance with the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Adebayo Adekola Adelabu on the March 9th election.
Otunba Alao-Akala made this known in a statement he sent to newsmen on his decision to rejoin the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
The former governor maintained that following the Presidency intervention. he has resolved to form an alliance with the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr. Adebayo Adekola Adelabu ahead of the March 9th Governorship and state House of assembly Elections in the state. However, all the ADP candidates for t
“Following the outcome of the just concluded presidential and national assembly elections, I, Otunba Christopher Adebayo Alao-Akala – the Oyo State 2019 Action Democratic Party (ADP), have decided to form an alliance with the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr. Adebayo Adekola Adelabu ahead of the March 9th Governorship and state House of assembly Elections in the state. However, all the ADP candidates for the House of Assembly seats will go to the elections with my maximum supports.”, he said.
Otunba Alao-Akala stressed that ,”it is widely known that I initiated alliance talks with the main opposition parties in Oyo State vis-a-vis my great party – the Action Democratic Party ((ADP), the African Democratic Congress (ADC), the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP). My boss, the former governor of Oyo State and Osi Olubadan, Senator Rashid Adewolu Ladoja is a mediator. Meanwhile, during the alliance process, I received an emergency call from the Presidency. In the meeting with Presidency, I was prevailed upon to work for APC. My response was that I should be given 48hrs to consult with my people, the opposition parties alliance committee as well as the teeming members, the leaders and the stakeholders of my great party, ADP. ” he said.
Otunba Alao-Akala addled, “on resumption to the alliance meeting, my boss (High Chief Rashid Adewolu Ladoja) told me point blank in the presence of other governorship candidates that I was not in consideration for Governorship due to my place of birth – Ogbomoso”,.saying, according to him, “we need an Ibadan man to slug it out with another Ibadan man, which is Bayo Adelabu”.
” With the statement, my geographical place of birth is the only crime I committed. Since I’ve been unfairly and technically booted out of the alliance talks, I consulted with my party stakeholders and supporters whose supports have brought me this far. Having realised that my 2019 Governorship agenda cannot be realised in isolation based on the present situation, the only option remaining for me is to form an alliance with Mr. Bayo Adelabu of APC.”
Emphasising that he still remained in ADP and that all the party’s candidates for the House of Assembly seats will stand the March 9th Elections with all his support,Otunba Alao-Akala said, “but I will work for the victory of Bayo Adelabu of the APC.
“Bayo Adelabu is ready to work with ADP to adopt and implement the core values of our party and my manifesto. The Presidency approached me for an alliance based on our performance and grassroots network not only in Ogbomoso but also in Ibadan, Ibarapa, Oke-Ogun and Oyo.Our core values and philosophies as indicated in our ADP manifestos, ‘Rescue Mission Agenda, have been adopted by Bayo Adelabu with Presidency as witness.”
Otunba Alao-Akala pointed out that “I have therefore as a candidate of ADP, accepted to support Adelabu of APC for victory and therefore form a coalition government. My solemn gratitude goes to our members, state and national leaders of ADP for the ample opportunity given to me to lead and fly the flag of the party. Though, my decision is a very tough one, it is for the progress of Oyo State.”