By OLA AJAYI, IBADAN
SOME close aides of the former Governor Adebayo Alao-Akala of Oyo State may have dumped him following the party’s failure in the last elections.
Among those that shifted camp during a meeting at the residence of Mr. Azeem Gbolarumi included a former senator, Senator Gbenga Babalola, two former members of the House of Representatives, Mr. Waheed Aderemi Gbede, Segun Akinloye and the former Commissioner for Youth and Sports, Mr. Ayoola Makanjuola.
Others who attended the meeting included some local government chairmen in the administration of the former governor.
Though, Vanguard learnt that the former Senate Leader, Senator Teslim Folarin, Senator Lekan Balogun, Alhaji Olopoenia, and two former governors of the state were being expected, they were not at the meeting at the time of filing this report.
Speaking with newsmen on the rationale behind the meeting, Mr. Makanjuola said the party was not well-managed by some leaders and this led to the failure of the party to secure governorship seats in the South West and Oyo State.
Makanjuola said, “we believe we have a formidable group. The party was not well-managed and the misfortune in Oyo State went round other states in the South West. If we had consolidated in Oyo, we would have won in other states. How can a single person be directing the affairs of the party in 10 local governments in Oke-Ogun?.
When asked if Chief Alao-Akala was in support of the meeting, he said if he wished to join the team he would be welcome adding that the meeting was crucial so that the party would not plunge into another failure come the 2015 election.
He said the notion that the national leadership of the party had was that there was no PDP in Oyo and it would be beneficial to let the party know that some progressives are already in place who would re-unite and form a formidable PDP.
He explained that he would not say the former governor was not relevant again in the party saying, the ex-governor was relevant but he had to do some reconciliation for the party to move forward.
The spokesperson of the group said, “in any election, a lunatic is relevant provided he can be tamed to vote”