Former Governor of Oyo State Alao Akala
has withdrawn from the race to become
the Governor of Oyo State and endorsed
Adebayo Adelabu, the flag bearer of the
All Progressives Congress (APC).
Alao-Akala made this known in a
statement signed by Wale Ohu, Director
General, Akala Campaign Organisation.
This is coming days after he met with the
Nationanl Leader of the All Progressives
Congress (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
The statement state:
“Following the outcome of the just concluded presidential and National Assembly elections, the Alao-Akala Campaign of the Action Democratic Party (ADP) has decided to go into an alliance with the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr. Adebayo Adekola Adelabu, ahead of the March 9th governorship and state elections in the state.
“However, all Action Democratic Party (ADP) candidates contesting for the House of Assembly seats will go into the elections with the full support of His Excellency, Otunba Adebayo Alao-Akala.
“This serves as the true position of things against the rumoured defection of Otunba Adebayo Alao-Akala into the APC.”
Alao-Akala stated that the alliance talks,
among other major parties in the state,
could not work out due to personal
interest of their candidates.
Akala said: “For the benefit of hindsight, the unfortunate breakdown of alliance talks with the main opposition parties in Oyo State vis-a-vis our great party, the Action Democratic Party (ADP), the African Democratic Party (ADC), the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP), which the former Governor of Oyo State and Osi Olubadan, Senator Rashidi Adewolu Ladoja initiated, is not but unconnected with the fact that, personal interest and sentiments over-rided the general interest of the people of Oyo State.
“The various and unachievable interest that fill the coalition amongst other connected issues that were raised and left unanswered led to breakdown of the coalition talks.
“So also, against the spirit of equality, justice and fairness, the decision of certain interest within the coalition parties to narrow down the face of the coalition to a particular zone of the state has also contributed largely to the pull out from the coalition talks.
“Left with no other option upon being approached by the national leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to help salvage the party in Oyo State and with the promise of the APC gubernatorial candidate Bayo Adelabu expressing his readiness to work with the Action Democratic Party, adopt and implement the core values of our party and its manifesto and the intervention of the presidency hinged on our performance at the last elections and grassroots network not only in Ogbomoso but also in other parts of the state.
His Excellency, Otunba Adebayo Alao-Akala accepted to support Bayo Adelabu of the All Progressives Congress for the gubernatorial election.”
He, who was governor of he state between 2007 and 2011, was seeking to be governor again under the platform of the Action Democratic Party (ADP).