Former governor of Oyo State, Otunba Adebayo Alao-Akala, has called on aggrieved contenders to the Oyo governorship election to stop litigations and join hands with Governor Abiola Ajimobi to move the state forward.
In the same vein, the state governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, yesterday advised the Accord governorship candidate, Senator Rashidi Ladoja, not to proceed to the Supreme Court to challenge the April 11 governorship election.
Alao-Akala was one of the early callers at Ajimobi’s Oluyole, Ibadan residence to congratulate him on the verdict of the Court of Appeal Ibadan Division, which upheld his election victory on Thursday.
He said the victory was well deserved and was an affirmation of the popular mandate given to the governor by the people of the state, as well as used the occasion to confirm media speculations of his planned defection to the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, which, he said was almost a done deal.
“I am here to rejoice with my brother for the judgment of today in the court. We already knew what the outcome would be; we had expected what we got today. So we are rejoicing.
“The governor has the interest of the people of Oyo State at heart. He should, therefore, be allowed to take care of their welfare and to let them have life more abundant. We are all one.
“When somebody is in the front, you must follow him; God has put him there. Let us all help him so that he can also help the teeming population of Oyo State.
“I will advise the opposition or whoever is still aggrieved to please let us bury the hatchet and work together with the governor to move the state forward,” Alao-Akala said.
Commenting on his reported defection to APC, he said, “it has been on. We are still crossing the t’s and dotting the i’s. I am on my way to APC’’.
Addressing supporters and party faithful, who thronged his house shortly after the judgment, Ajimobi dedicated his latest judicial victory to the Almighty and the people of the state.
The governor attributed the visit of his immediate predecessor to his (Alao-Akala’s) kindred spirit and God-fearing nature, asking other leading opposition members to take a cue from the gesture.
“We gave glory to God. If God says Yes, nobody can say No. we owe this victory to the Almighty and to the teeming population of Oyo State who wanted continuity and which reflected in their vote for me.
“I am appealing to my brother, Senator Ladoja and others to join us and work together with us instead of going from Appeal Court to Supreme Court.
“As you can see, we have formed an alliance with former Governor Alao-Akala; he is a formidable force in the politics of Oyo State and in Nigeria.
“An elephant in Ibadan, when he goes to London, he will remain an elephant. So an elephant in Peoples Democratic Party or Labour Party that comes to APC is still an elephant. So his coming is good. We are one,’’ the governor said.

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