Wednesday, 25 June 2014

2015: Alao-Akala Joins Guber Race

Former Oyo State governor Adebayo Alao-Akala yesterday joined the 2015 governorship race in the state. This followed the adoption of the former governor by the leaders of the party in the five local government areas of the Ogbomoso Zone at a meeting. One of the party leaders, Chief James Adebayo Adewusi while addressing newsmen after the meeting, said the decision to adopt Alao-Akala was taken at a meeting held at the house of the former All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain, Senator Ade Adeseun in Ogbomoso. He said the leaders would reach out to other leaders in other zones to ensure Alao-Akala’s victory at the party primaries. According to him, some of the criteria used were his antecedents during his first tenure, humility and capability to deliver the state for the party in 2015. Speaking, Alao-Akala said he accepted to carry the party’s flag, adding that the PDP would not only win Oyo but also the entire South West. He said that the APC came into power fraudulently, adding “they must go back as they cannot sustain it”. “They came in through court verdicts; we are going to send them packing. The PDP will take over Osun and other states of the South West in 2015. The APC is not ready for governance,” he declared. He explained that he decided to have second shot at the governor’ seat with a view to stabilize the party and Oyo State. “I have accepted to their request. It is the people of the state that are clamouring for Akala. Like what happened in Ekiti, the people like and want him and he won the election,” he said. Speaking on other contestants, he said they all have equal rights and opportunity to contest for the election, adding that the state belongs to all of them. On the crisis rocking the party in the state, Alao- Akala said that there was no crisis within the party, saying that the grievances among members would be resolved before the election.

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