The former Governor of Oyo State, Adebayo Alao-Akala, on Friday said
he was no longer part of the alliance formed by leading opposition
parties in Oyo State to outstand the ruling All Progressives Congress in the
Alao-Akala, who admitted that he initiated alliance with the main
opposition parties in the state with the aim of defeating the APC,
however, said based on a call he received from the Presidency, he had
agreed to support the candidate of the APC, Adebayo Adelabu, in the
March 9 governorship election.
He said the move would enable them to form a coalition government in
the state. The ex-governor said he remained in the Action Democratic
Party, where he is the governorship candidate, and that he would give
his full support to all the ADP’s candidates for the House of Assembly
seats in the forthcoming election.
In a statement on Friday, Alao-Akala said, “It is widely known that I
initiated alliance talks with the main opposition parties in Oyo State
vis-a-vis my great party, the ADP, the African Democratic Congress, the
Peoples Democratic Party and the Zenith Labour Party. My boss, the
former governor of Oyo State and Osi Olubadan, Senator Rashidi Ladoja is
“Meanwhile, during the alliance process, I received an emergency call
from the Presidency. In the meeting with the Presidency, I was
prevailed upon to work for the APC. My response was that I should be
given 48 hours to consult with my people, the opposition parties’
alliance committee as well as the teeming members, the leaders and the
stakeholders of my great party, ADP.
“On resumption to the alliance meeting, my boss (Ladoja) told me
point blank in the presence of other governorship candidates that I was
not in consideration for the governorship seat due to my place of birth
Ogbomoso. According to him, we need an Ibadan man to slug it out with
another Ibadan man, which is Bayo Adelabu.
“With the statement, my geographical place of birth is the only crime
I committed. Since I have been unfairly and technically booted out of
the alliance talks, I consulted with my party stakeholders and
supporters whose supports have brought me this far. Having realised that
my 2019 governorship agenda cannot be realised in isolation based on
the present situation, the only option remaining for me is to form an
alliance with Mr. Bayo Adelabu of the APC.”
He explained that the APC candidate was ready to adopt and implement
the ADP’s core values and manifesto as well as its Rescue Mission
Agenda, with the Presidency as a witness.