By Rotimi Agbana
Oyo State All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship aspirant, Alhaji Olalekan Alli, has, since his declaration two weeks ago, flagged off his campaign with state wide consultations, visiting various parts of the state to meet with party stakeholder to declare his ambition, as well as seek knowledge and advice, ahead of the party primaries in September.
The consultation train, tagged #LekanAllionthemove, started the visits in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, before moving to Oyo town last week, meeting APC leaders and supporters. The train were hosted by Pa Samuel Ojebode, an APC leader in Oyo town, who described Alli’s visit as timely and necessary in order for party members to familiarise themselves with the aspirant, who according to Pa Ojebode, is an epitome of humility.
The train then moved to Ogbomosho, with wide consultations held with various groups in order to chart a road map towards realising Alli’s ambition.
Yesterday, the train landed in Oke-Ogun amidst pomp and fanfare. An elated crowd chanted celebratory songs in honour of the APC guber aspirant, who is also presently the Secretary to the state government.
Alao Kareem, one of the hundreds of youth who thronged the venue of the Oke-Ogun 1 and 2 meeting, described Alli as a rare breed, who, asides being very approachable, was a leader and teacher by example.
“He is a teacher per excellence. He is so approachable and humble. See the way he mingled and joked with us like we were mates. We have heard this about him and see his humility in action is commendable”, he said.
Various groups including the women, youth, artisans and elders also met with Alli, each with various concerns and advise for the aspirant.
Speaking after the Oke-Ogun visit, Alhaji Alli expressed joy over the successes of the statewide consultations, stressing that his aim was to listen to the yearnings and aspirations of the people, before seeking their mandate to lead them to even greater heights.
“There is no ‘I’ in team. The people have spoken and I am here to listen. The will of the people supercedes my personal aspiration and seeing the warm receptions and advise from the various places I and my team visited in the last week, I am encouraged to contend for the highest political office in Oyo State”, he said.
The consultations and visits continue this week.