*He is bereft of ideas, says Akala
By Ola Ajayi
SENATOR Abiola Ajimobi, the governorship candidate of the All Nigeria Peoples Party, ANPP, in the 2007 election, now a member of Action Congress (AC),Â has said the intrigues that led to his loss at the Court of Appeal would not discourage him from contesting the 2011 elections.
The judgment notwithstanding, he insisted that he was given the mandate by the people of the state and that he won the election with landslide victory. Ajimobi, who was speaking at a party organised by his wife, Mrs. Florence Ajimobi, to mark his 60th birthday in Ibadan, noted that the next election would give him ample opportunity to serve the people of the state.
He vowed never to throw in the towel but would fight with all his strength to deliver the people of the state from political hawks who had contnuously denied themÂ good governance.
According to him, the election would afford him the opportunity to giveÂ hope to the people who â€œhave been cheated all along with mediocre governance and misrule. We believe we won the 2007 governorship election, but like my colleagues in the opposition parties across the South-West, I was denied the mandate. We have left everything to God, but we will not give up on our desire to serve our people who have been cheated for long under the yoke of misruleâ€.
The politician posited that those who denied him the opportunity to rule the people of the state would soon be suprised when he would be voted in as the next governor of the state, adding that the good work and the doggedness of the Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, SAN, and Edo State Governor had served as impetus for him.
ButGovernor Adebayo Alao-Akala through Prince Dotun Oyelade, his Special Adviser on Public Communications, said the politics of the state as was currently primed could accommodate Ajimobi because he remained a destablilsing factor in all the four political parties where his vaulting ambition had taken him.
Admitting that he would copy the Lagos State Governor, Akala reasoned, that Ajimobi had portrayed himself as one who was bereft of ideas and had ruled himself out of contention because Oyo State people neither wanted nor deserved copycats.
He pointed out that governor Akala embarked on beautification of Oyo State in 2006 well before Governor Fashola became the governor and that Akala was pursuing his own original ideas that suited specific needs of his own people without having to understudy anyone else.