BY OLA AJAYI
IBADAN- Immediate past governor of Oyo State, Otunba Adebayo Alao- Akala has faulted Governor Abiola Ajimobi’s trip to Abuja Wednesday to show support for the Action Congress of Nigeria’s, ACN, national leader and former Lagos State governor, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu who was docked by the Code of Conduct Bureau.
But the ACN said Akala and his group were suffering from acute joblessness and needed one badly.
Akala in a statement by spokesman, Prince Dotun Oyelade, said for Governor Ajimobi to leave his duty post to commiserate with Tinubu over his travails at the Code of Conduct Tribunal smacked of executive joblessness.
The statement said that no matter the level of indebtedness to Tinubu, Ajimobi should not relegate himself to the role of a groveling subordinate at the beck and call of his boss.
Akala said it was only last week the same Tinubu directed the Oyo State Governor to represent him at a function in Oshogbo adding that Ajimobi must realise that he represents a proud people who see themselves as equals to others and he should stop this embarrassment forthwith. While Ajimobi was shedding tears over Tinubu in Abuja, Governor Fasola of Lagos who should probably be the Chief mourner was attending to his official duties in Lagos.
But, in a swift reaction, the Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, has said that the embarrassing regularity with which the trio of the former governor of the state, Adebayo Alao-Akala, his spokesman and the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the state “bait events”, in what it called “flaw-shopping,” was an indication that “this axis of evil” is suffering from acute joblessness and needed one badly.
The party made this known in a reaction issued by its Publicity Secretary, Mathew Oyedokun.
According to the party, at a time like this when the PDP had swapped role with the Nigerian National Democratic Party, NDP, otherwise known as Demo of the First Republic, in its nefarious role of jailing Chief Obafemi Awolowo, in its attempt to nail Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu by all means, it is consequent on all men of goodwill to demonstrate against tyranny of federal might.
“This was exactly what Governor Abiola Ajimobi did by supporting and showing solidarity to his party leader, Asiwaju Tinubu, at the Code of Conduct Tribunal, and he will do this again and again, if only to show his abhorrence of federal evil, a version of which Alao-Akala inflicted on Oyo State for four years,” the party said.
The ACN urged the trio of Alao-Akala, the PDP and their spokespersons to accept the difficult fact that they had lost totally in the scheme of politics in Oyo state and stop deluding themselves that their “emergency and puerile” attempts at acting as self-imposed ombudsman of the people would wipe away the most recent ugly sub-governance that they inflicted on the state in their four-year reign.
“Whether the PDP and its hirelings in Oyo State like it or not, but for Tinubu, we would by now be having a version of Kamuzu Banda’s patrimonial, autocratic and personal rule in Nigeria today, with the PDP’s crave to rule for ever. The only debt that all progressives and all men of goodwill owe him is to support him in the destructive attempt at using federal might to mow down this icon of democracy, using subterfuge as its alibi,” the ACN said.