BY OLA AJAYI
IBADAN – EIGHT months after his second term ambition was thwarted by some chieftains of his party, Peoples Democratic Party, former Governor of Oyo State, Otunba Adebayo Alao-Akala has described himself as a statesman having served the state for four years stated emphatically that he would not be a party to those criticising his successor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi.
To him, the way his administration was severally criticised by Ajimobi was probably due to his, Ajimobi’s, naivety and inexperience.
Akala said: “I am now a statesman by virtue of my previous position and by that I won’t criticise the administration as you wanted me to do. If I have any matter of interest, I know how to pass such. We shall teach him how to behave as a mature politician.
“Ajimobi’s criticism of my policies is a product of his naïvety and inexperience. Even when I succeeded Senator Rashidi Ladoja, I did not criticise as they are doing now.”
Speaking on the effect of his losing his second term bid, Alao-Akala said he and other chieftains of the party have learnt their lessons.
Akala, whose ambition was consumed by the raging crises within the party in the state said now that reconciliation had been put in place to unite all aggrieved parties, it would afford them the opportunity to regroup again for future elections.
He said these at his Ogbomoso residence when newsmen visited him as part of celebration of Christmas.
“What happened in April has come and gone and we have all learnt our lessons. The on-going reconciliation is good as it would afford all of us to come together again, Akala said.
Their contribution to his loss at the polls notwithstanding, he noted that the aggrieved leaders of the party who are genuinely interested in returning to the party had been doing so.
And by the time the reconciliation process was concluded, he was optimistic that the party would be a stronger and larger family in the state.
On the controversy that trailed the proposed removal of fuel subsidy, he said though the move would beneficial to Nigerians, it was not properly disseminated to Nigerians.
“The message is good but the outreach policy of the messengers is faulty, querying the continued rapprochement of the organised labour on the subsidy issue. How they reached out to the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, is good but what is the percentage of the working class? We have the market women, the farmers, the artisans, and other people in the villages.
We shall teach him how to behave as a mature politician”.