..Ajimobi’s Spokesperson Denies knowledge
By Adeola Oladele, Ibadan
Former governor of Oyo State, Otunba Adebayo Alao-Akala, has announced his decision to join the All Progressives Congress (APC).
This development, however, did not come as a surprise to many political observers because the Ogbomoso-born politician has been seen almost all the time fraternizing with the leadership of APC both at the state and federal levels.
The decision to jettison his baby, Labour Party, the platform he used to contest the last governorship election in Oyo State, was made after an extensive meeting with his followers and admirers at his Old Bodija, Ibadan residence on Tuesday morning.
Insiders informed WESTERN POST that the flamboyant politician made the pronouncement after the meeting.
The source said: “Oga has moved to APC. He decided to do this so that he will be more relevant within the state and at the federal level. Oga also told his followers willing to remain in Labour Party or hoping to return to PDP to do so if that is their desire.
“With the situation now, you either belong to the PDP or APC. PDP is still being controlled by those people who destroyed it the other time like Secondus and Teslim Folarin. We can’t go to Accord and can no longer remain in Labour Party. Our Oga is relating directly with the national leadership of APC, not Abiola Ajimobi or APC Secretariat in the state.
“At the meeting where the decision was reached, we had the following politicians in attendance: Dr Kola Balogun, Alhaji Marafa, Dr Gbola Adetunji, Mr. Lukman Agboluaje, Alhaji Laide Busari, Hon. Ghandi, Hon. Remi Alao and others from Ogbomosoland.”
In a telephone conversation with Akala’s deputy during the last election on Labour Party’s platform, Barrister Sharadeen Alli, he denied any knowledge of this move by Akala.
His words: “I am still in Labour Party. I don’t have anything to do with APC. So, if Otunba Akala decides to move on, it is his decision not mine.”
In an interview with the Special Adviser to Governor Abiola Ajimobi on Information and Strategy, Mr. Yomi Layinka, he informed that he was yet to be briefed on the development.
Layinka said: “APC is a large party. If Otunba Akala wishes to join us, he is welcome. The party welcomes everybody that believes in its ideologies. As we speak, we have not been confirmed that he has joined APC. However, if it is true, he is welcome. APC is big enough to accommodate him.”