Former Governor of Oyo State, Otunba Christopher Alao-Akala has refuted the report that he has left the All Progressives Congress (APC) and returned to his former party, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
Speaking at the weekend in Ogbomosho, venue of an empowerment program by a member of the State Assembly representing Ogbomoso North State Constituency, Hon. Olawumi Oladeji, Akala restated that himself and all his numerous followers are still card carrying and committed members of the ruling party APC.
The speculations of Akala defection came after the former Governor, upon his return from a London trip, was visited in his New Bodija, Ibadan residence by his former boss, Senator Rashidi Ladoja. Akala had reportedly held a political meeting with the incumbent governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi during the London trip and other top political heavy weights in the state.
Recalled that the caretaker Chairman of the PDP had in a renewed bid to lure back former members to the PDP had visited the Bodija residence of Alao-Akala, where he was received by the supporters as the former governor was away outside the country at the time.
But, the immediate past Oyo state Governor, who wore a cap with the inscription, ‘APC, Change ‘ enjoined the people not to be deceived by the gimmicks of scheming politicians about his touted return to the opposition party.
He said: “I am not in other political party than APC and for the sake of doubt, I’m saying my followers and I are still in APC. Don’t let anybody deceive you. “From the onset, Ogbomoso has always aligned with the ruling party at the federal. That is the reason we in Ogbomoso remains in APC with all my followers.”
When probed on his political aspirations in the 2019 general elections, the former governor said it is too early to talk about that. “We don’t have to talk about 2019 in 2017. We are on course to get our acts together. Everything is in God’s hands and when we get to the bridge, we shall cross it”, he said.
Akala therefore expressed his joy over the success of Oladeji’s gesture of empowering her constituents.
He said Oladeji is political daughter who has been tested and passed noting that she used her personal money to fund the empowerment program because “Constituency allowance was not released to the members of the house.”
While speaking at the event, Speaker of the state Assembly, Rt. Hon. Michael Adeyemi, who was represented by his deputy, Hon. Musa Abdulwasi said the donor of the empowerment materials has the love of Ogbomoso land at heart.
Also, Hon. Olusegun Olaleye representing Ibadan North II State Constituency said the gestures of the donor was borne out of her “dynamic, articulate, eloquent, performing love for members of her constituency.”
Olaleye described her as a woman of integrity and lover of women’s folks pointing out that she has sponsored bills on rights of women. Oladeji, who is the Chairperson, House Committee on Women Affairs and Community Development, thanked the constituents for giving her the opportunity to serve them.
She thanked the former Governor for his amiable and accommodating leadership saying he has provided a clear-cut agenda that ensured their victory at different stages in the last general elections.
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