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2011: I won’t campaign, says Akala

By Ola ajayi
GOVERNOR Adebayo Alao-Akala of Oyo State has said he would not campaign for his re-election in 2011 but his works would speak for him.

He said if at all he contested the election, he would leave the people of the state to speak through their votes  bearing in mind the good works he had done for them.

Governor Alao-Akala said this on Tuesday evening while having a chat with newsmen on the occasion of his 60th birthday.

“If I’m contesting at all in 2011, I will not campaign. My works will speak for me. I was with Lam Adesina, Rashidi Ladoja and I’m here now. You can’t beat that experience. I know what my people want and I’m giving them”, he stated.

He added that it would be difficult for anyone to rubbish the record of his achievements and adding that journalists in the state were free to reports whatever they observed in his government.

According to him, no journalists should allow anybody to use them for any selfish reason. “you should not allow anybody to use you because I will never influence journalists against my opponents. That is dirty politics. I will never pressure any journalist to kill a story. When you do that, it makes people think you have skeleton in your cupboard”

He expressed his displeasure over alleged false accusation by the opposition party that his government wanted the President to commission fake projects.

He said, it was not plausible and demeaning to say that the president of the whole federation would be coming to commission fake projects.

Alao-Akala added that politics should not be taken too far as to be making damaging and unsubstantiated allegations against the government.

He said this while having a chat with members of the State Correspondent Chapel led by Mr. Tunde Sanni and other executives of the union.

He advised the journalists in the state not to turn themselves to readymade tools in the hands of the politicians but to carry out their profession with fear of God.

Meanwhile, security has been beefed up in Oyo State in preparation for one day working visit of President Goodluck Jonathan today.

When Vanguard moved round Ibadan metropolis, all security agencies in the state had positioned its men at strategic positions to ensure free movement of vehicles.

Also, the state government led by Otunba Adebayo Alao-Akala had fro the past two weeks making frantic efforts at making sure that the visit was a success.

Vanguard also observed that all potholed roads in the city had been repaired and the roads to be commissioned by the president had been completed.

In expectation of the president, the State Security Services invited politicians, labour and union leaders to its State headquarters to brief them on how to maintain peace and order.

In the same vein, the police led by the Commissioner of Police, Mr. Adisa Baba Bolanta had dispatched its men to all parts in the city. The Federal Roads Safety Corps(FRSC) men were seen directing flow of traffic.


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