By Ola Ajayi
GOVERNOR Adebayo Alao-Akala of Oyo State, has said President Goodluck Jonathan will contest the 2011 elections.
This came as he boasted that he had already won the governorship election slated for 2011, saying that the seeming opposition within the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, could not match him nor stand in his way.
He said, â€œI have already won the 2011 election. None of them can contest against me. Where will they start from? When they were in power, I unseated them. How can they now make it when Iâ€™m the sitting governor? People know me in the state, I can walk tall anywhere in the state. What I have done in the past three years, none of the previous governors can match it. For instance, the people of Ibarapa have said I should not bother to come and campaign in that area. Like the cowards that die several times before death comes, my opponents are afraid and that is why they are maligning me,â€ he said.
Akala, who disclosed these during hisÂ monthly interactive session with Oyo State Correspondents led by Comrade Tunde Sanni, told Nigerians to remove all doubts that the president would not contest the election, adding that he would strongly support the president to actualize his presidential ambition.
He said, â€œstop doubting, I am saying it on good authority that Jonathan will contest and I am strongly with him,â€ he added.
On the alleged assassination plot levelled against him by the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi and a former Governor of the state, Alhaji Lamidi Adesina, he said he was ready to put his immunity clause aside and submit himself for investigation by both the police and the State Security Services to prove his innocence.
Wondering why such allegations should be made against him, he said of what use would the death of the monarch and a septuagenarian be to him?
Asked where he would pitch his tent between the former military president, General Ibrahim Babangida and President Jonathan inÂ the 2011 election, he simply said he would strongly support the incumbent president, adding that IBB too, as a Nigerian, has the rights to contest the election.
On some of his aides that were sighted at the venue of the launch of IBB political campaign, he explained that they did not represent him.