By Adeola Oladele, Ibadan
Following the Court of Appeal’s judgement that upheld the election of Governor Abiola Ajimobi on Thursday, a former governor of the state, Otunba Adebayo Alao-Akala has called on people of the state and other aggrieved parties to join hands with the governor for the progress and development of the state.
The former governor who paid Ajimobi a felicitation visit at his Oluyole residence after the court judgement said the time has come for the aggrieved parties to work together and join hands with Ajimobi for the sustenance of democracy in Oyo State.
He said Ajimobi has turned the fortunes of the state around, hence the need for all and sundry to support his government, since the state is bigger than any individual.
The former governor said the development of Oyo State should be paramount in the minds of all politicians and not the selfish interest of ruling the state at all cost.
He, however, admonished Governor Ajimobi to give priority to the welfare of the citizens of the state, while he commended him for his economic expertise despite the economic down turn in the country.
While announcing his defection to APC from Labour Party on which platform he contest the 2015 gubernatorial election in the state, Akala said his alliance with the party was one of those things that happen in the political arena, saying he would contribute his quota to the development of the party and the state in all ramifications.
In his remark, Gov. Ajimobi said his victory at the Court of Appeal was a victory for the democracy, using the medium to reiterate his commitment to the continued the development of the state.
Ajimobi attributed the recorded victory to Almighty God and people of the state, stressing that the appeal court judgement was a confirmation to the free and fairness of the election.
He expressed appreciation in the judiciary for the fair judgment, while calling on former Gov Rashidi Ladoja to stop chasing the shadow and face the reality of the moment by not wasting his time on frivolous court litigations, but work together with him in the interest and development of the state.
While reacting to the defection of Otunba Akala to the All Progressives Congress (APC), Ajimobi described him as a force to be reckoned with in the political annals of the state and Nigeria in general, adding that his vast political experience is well needed.
The governor said Akala’s alliance with the party and his resolve to work with his government would further cement their relationship which would consequently add to the strength of the party.
“Akala is an Elephant who left PDP and Labour to join APC,” Ajimobi added.