By Ola Ajayi
IBADAN—AS part of his resolve to get a second term ticket come 2011, Governor Adebayo Alao-Akala of Oyo State, weekend, took his campaign to hundreds of the hearing-impaired people at his residence in Ogbomoso.
He said it was the votes of the physically-challenged people that would enable him continue with the disability empowerment programmes that his administration had embarked upon since assumption of office in 2007.
The group under the aegis of Ogbomoso Association of the Deaf, led by Mr. Adelani Olaniyan, had paid a visit to the governor, asking him to put all machineries in motion so that they would not be disenfranchised in the 2011 poll.
According to Akala “all eligible voters living with disabilities should be allowed to perform their civic responsibilities”, adding that all members of the association should vote for him in the election.
After advising the hearing-impaired to ensure that they make good use of the opportunity of formal education for the deaf and other people living with disability , Governor Akala enjoined them to make sure that they register so as to qualify to vote.
Responding through an interpreter, Olaniyan pledged the support of members of his association for the actualization of the ambition of the governor.
He used the occasion to appeal to the governor to give employment opportunities to all university graduates in the association.
Governor Akala, if voted, will be the first governor in the political history of the ancient city of Ibadan to rule the state twice.