…says he needs political deliverance
By Ola Ajayi
Governor Adebayo Alao-Akala of Oyo State has blasted one of the chieftains of the Action Congress, AC, in Oyo State, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, saying he needs political deliverance.
Apparently referring to an interview granted by his main opponent in the 2007 election, he said â€œof all the outlandish remarks that Senator Ajimobi has been credited with since 2003 when he climbed on the back of an unsuspecting Alhaji Lam Adesina to the Senate, none has portrayed his garrulousness as calling Governor Akala a half-baked Governor.”
In the said interview, Akala through Prince Dotun Oyelade, Special Adviser on Public Communication quoted Ajimobi as saying he won 22 of the 33 local governments in the April 14 gubernatorial election.
Akala said, â€œunless it borders on hallucination, no one tells such lies when the reverse was the case and had been so brandished innumerably in the course of the drubbing of the opposition on 14 April 2007, at the tribunal and the appellate court. Of course, Akala won at the appellate court, the court even ruled that those votes deducted at the tribunal be returned to him.”
He faulted him on his call for all â€˜Progressivesâ€™ in the state to close rank and defeat the PDP not knowing that in the past 50 years of Nigeriaâ€™s political history coalition had not worked.
â€œHe also conveniently forgot that Akala contested against Senator Ladoja and not himself in 2007 and that the political configuration has changed ever since.Those who made it possible for Ajimobi to have a whimper of hope in Oke-Ogun in 2007 were Ladojaâ€™s men who have since joined Akala.
â€œUnless Ajimobi has been out of town, sourcing for money to execute his ambition next year, he should have known that under Governor Akala, the PDP has won all the nine by-elections in Oyo State, including his own constituency since 2007 and drawn seven ANPP legislators to PDP to bolster its majority in the House of Assembly,” he said.
Akala defended his alleged non-performance by Ajimobi that the leadership of the Central Council for Ibadan Indigenes, CCII, to which he belongs unsolicitedly wrote a letter to Akala commending him for his achievement and even distribution of amenities throughout the state.
Also, he claimed that the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, came to Akalaâ€™s office to give him an award for agricultural excellence and that the Universal Basic Education Commission, UBEC, declared Oyo State second in a national assessment project on the implementation of primary school management.