Former Governor of Oyo State, Otunba Adebayo Alao-Akala
Tunde Sanni in Ibadan
Former governor of Oyo State, Otunba Adebayo Alao-Akala, has declared that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state needed to be restructured for better electoral result.
Alao-Akala, who spoke with journalists in his Ogbomoso country home, added that the prospects of the party was brighter in the state, submitting that he had already notified the national headquarters of the party on appropriate steps to take.
The former governor also denied the allegation for the dissolution of the State Executive Council (SEC), stressing that he only went to national headquarters of the party to notify them of what they ought to do concerning the 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 solution about 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 the 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. At 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 explained.
While dismissing the recent defection of the former governor of the old Oyo State, Dr. Victor Olunloyo, to the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), Alao-Akala described his exit from the PDP as a good riddance.
He alleged that the former governor in his days in the PDP was a liability with no electoral value.
Alao-Akala described anybody defecting from the PDP to any party as a political jobber and parasite, looking for where to suck.
According to him, “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.”
When reminded that the same Olunloyo was a member of the Elders’ Council of the party, while Alao-Akala was in office, he 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 with that of Olunloyo you talked about. 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,” the former governor remarked.