BY OLA AJAYI
THE governorship candidate of the All Nigeria Peoples Party(ANPP) in Oyo State, Senator Abiola AjimobiÂ hasÂ said the state was unfortunate to have had a governor in person ofÂ Chief Adebayo Alao-Akala who has made 22 futile foreign trips in the last two years.
He challenged Akala to explain to the peopleÂ benefitsÂ that has accrued toÂ the stateÂ and its citizens fromÂ his countless foreign trips.
Ajimobi said the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) in the state had vindicated the views of the opposition party that nothing good could come from a government which allegedly stole the mandate of the people of the state during the 2007 elections.
He made these accusations in Saki, Oke Ogun area of the stateÂ yesterdayÂ while paying a thank you visit to supporters of the party for the way they voted en masse for him in the election even though their mandate was stolen by the ruling party.
Pointing to the large crowd that assembled at the Oyo State Agricultural Development Projects (OYSADEP) to welcome him, he said, â€œlook at all these people. Some of them are from PDP, ANPP, AC. It means they believe in the partyâ€.
Apparently disappointed by the Appeal Court judgment that confirmed the victory of the incumbent governor at the poll, he stressed that there would be no need seeking redress at the tribunal or court come 2011.
Instead, he vowed that ANPP would not fold its arms and watch a repeat performance of electoral malpractices, ballot stuffing, over voting and intimidation of voters in the next election.
â€œEverybody knew we won that election in Oyo State. But this time around, we are not going to court to seek any redress but we will solve everything on the street. I cannot assure any person that there wonâ€™t be another attempt to steal peoplesâ€™ votes. I am just a person. People must not wait for Ajimobi but should take their own destinies in their handsâ€, he stated.
On the issue that some of the members of his party have crossed to Akalaâ€™s camp, he replied saying that no decent member of the party would descend so low that they would join a party that only specializes in stealing public fund.
Senator Ajimobi added that the idea of mega party to fight injustice and overbearing influence of the ruling party was not a bad idea and that he had been having meetings with them to signify his support.
e, so I absolutely believe in itâ€.