Former Governor of Oyo State and chieftain of All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Adebayo Alao-Akala has announced his decision to withdraw from the gubernatorial primary of the party slated for Sunday, 30th September.
He alleged that the governor of the state, Abiola Ajimobi had perfected plans to ensure the emergence of one of his stooges as the flag bearer of the party.
Akala, in the statement issued by Head, New Media and Public Affairs of his campaign organization, Jeremiah Akande cried out to the national leadership of the party to salvage it before its collapse.
The Ogbomosho-born politician said, “Oyo APC is about to collapse due to the high-handedness and imposition of candidate on delegates who will vote at the Primary Election of the party taking place tomorrow by Governor Abiola Ajimobi”.
“Otunba Adebayo Alao-Akala wishes to state categorically and put the leadership of the party and the general public on notice that Governor Abiola Ajimobi has perfected plans to impose one Joseph Olasunkanmi Tegbe on delegates as he has sent his foot soldiers around to coerce and intimidate delegates to vote for the said Tegbe tomorrow at the party primaries against their free will.
“His Excellency, Otunba Adebayo Alao-Akala, a true party man and committed loyalist to any cause he believes in wishes to state categorically that he is not a push over in the game of Politics and as a well grounded and groomed politician who has occupied the number one seat of a Politically conscious state as Oyo state will not be part of any move or attempt to subvert the true will and wish of the people by the selfish interest of an Individual.
“The general public should also note that Gov. Abiola Ajimobi has clandestinely offered Otunba Adebayo Alao-Akala the ministerial slot of Oyo state in an attempt to pitch him against Barr. Adebayo Shittu, an offer he has rejected in its entirety as he is not one to be tailored or shown the way round in the game of Politics.
“His Excellency, Otunba Adebayo Alao-Akala has therefore decided to “STAY AWAY” from tomorrow’s macabre dance taking place at a yet to be disclosed venue due to the insensitivity and selfishness of Gov. Abiola Ajimobi who is hell bent on imposing his stooge as his successor.”
But in a swift reaction, Bolaji Tunji, the Special Adviser to Governor Abiola Ajimobi on Communications and Strategy, said he was taken aback that a person like Alao-Akala could make such claims against the governor.
He noted that Akala had promised to support whoever emerged in the primary election during series of meetings with the governor.
“They, including Alao-Akala, agreed and signed that whoever emerged as the party’s candidate would be supported.
“The allegations against the governor are very untrue,” he told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Saturday.