A FORMER governor of Oyo
State, Otunba Adebayo Alao-
Akala has called on aggrieved
contenders to stop litigations
and join hands with Governor
Abiola Ajimobi in moving the
state forward.
In the same vein, the Oyo
State governor Senator Abiola
Ajimobi also advised the Accord
Party governorship candidate,
Senator Rashidi Ladoja to stop
further litigation over the April
11 election by not proceeding to
the Supreme Court.
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
The former governor used the
opportunity to confirm media
reports of his planned defection
to the ruling All Progressives
Congress (APC), which, he said,
was almost a done deal.
Alao-Akala said, “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.’’
Commenting on his reported
defection to APC, Alao-Akala
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 give 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
“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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