Former Governor of Oyo State, Alao-Akala
Alao-Akala in a recent interview with reporters in Ogbomogo, stressed the need to restructure the party as part of his solutions to the crisis plaguing the state. He noted that the prospect of the party is brighter in the state and that he had already notified the national secretariat on appropriate steps to take.
He denied allegation of calling for the dissolution of the state executive council, stressing that he only went to national headquarters of the party to notify them of what they have to do about Oyo State.
“It is not true. I didn’t petition the national headquarters. I know Oyo PDP very well and I know our problems and so, I went there to offer them solutions to the problems of Oyo State and that is exactly what they are now pursuing to ensure that we are one. And by the grace of God, in this New Year, we shall become one.
“At every level, we have leaders we respect. It starts from the ward, local to state level. At every respective area, everything is now in harmony. We don’t lord anything over anybody.
“In Ogbomoso for example, we let our members decide what they want. Even in Ibadan, they tell us what they want. Same applies to people in Oyo and the people of Oke Ogun. With that, we respect one another, and by so doing, we can move the party forward,” he further explained.
He dismissed the recent defection of the former governor of the old Oyo State, Dr. Victor Olunloyo, to the ruling Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), describing his exit from the PDP as good riddance. He said the former governor in his days in the PDP was a liability and somebody with no electoral value.
Alao-Akala said anybody defecting from the PDP to any party is a political jobber and parasite, always looking for where to suck.
“Those defecting are political jobbers. Take a look at the pedigree of such people and you will be able to determine their substance. They are parasites. They just always want to hold on to something. Anybody who thinks those people matter is just making mistake.
“For Olunloyo, I ask, who is Olunloyo? Olunloyo is just somebody, who does not have pedigree. His problem is that he is consistently inconsistent. He is not a politician. What is his electoral value? He has no electoral value. If he has decamped, let him show us his followers.
“Who will follow him to ACN? Can he command any followership? At the beginning of our government, we only accommodated him. Successive governments have been accommodating him because he was a former governor. I am an ex- governor and so, I deserve such privilege also. He has never been a member of the PDP. He is not a card-carrying member,” he maintained.
When reminded that the same Olunloyo was a member of the elders’ council of the party while he was in office, Alao-Akala insisted that he was brought in because all the past governors were there, adding: “That was because we brought all the past governors together.
“That was why he was given the privilege. He is not significant as far as I am concerned. If Alao-Akala should decamp to another party now, you can imagine how many people will move with him compared to Olunloyo. So, that cannot move us a bit. We are still together in the PDP. We are everywhere across the state and by the grace of God, we are going to make it in the end,” he said.