Ahead of Oyo Gubernatorial Elections: Alao-Akala reportedly rejoins APC after meeting Tinubu
Adebayo Alao-Akala, former governor of Oyo state, has reportedly returned to the All Progressives Congress (APC) after a brief meeting with
As a fall out of the party’s governorship primaries in Oyo state the former governor was said to have dumped APC in October 2018 after, Vanguard reports.
Legit.ng gathers that Alao-Akala’s wife, Oluwakemi Alao-Akala, his son, Olamiju, and the director general of his campaign, Wale Ohu, accompanied him to Tinubu’s residence on Thursday, February 28.
He said: “It is true. Both of us have been meeting and we will continue to meet. I will call you in 24 hours to let you know the state of things.”
A source close to Tinubu said: “Tinubu and Alao-Akala met on Tuesday. Tinubu asked Alao-Akala, who has many supporters in Ogbomoso, to collapse his structure into that of Adelabu. We know that if Alao-Akala was in our camp, there was no way Atiku would have had such a good outing in Oyo State, especially Ogbomoso.
“The PDP governorship candidate, Seyi Makinde, is popular and he is also an Ibadan guy like Adelabu, which means that they will both split the votes in Ibadan. The APC will need to forge an alliance with elements in Ogbomoso to get an advantage.
“We knew that the people were not too happy with the governor as far back as June 2018 when the PDP candidate, Adebo Ogundoyin, won Ibarapa-East Constituency by-election which was held to fill the vacant position created by the death of former speaker of the House of Assembly, Michael Adeyemo. Alao-Akala had made some demands but Ajimobi did not play the politics right. Also, Ajimobi’s decision to convert some chiefs to full monarchs was unpopular among many people.”
Following the victory of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in last Saturday’s presidential elections, and the defeat of the incumbent Governor of Oyo State in his bid for for the Senate, it aws becoming clear that the state might go the way of the PDP in the coming Gubernatorial Lections of March 9th 2019.