A former governor of Oyo State, Adebayo Alao-Akala, on Wednesday declared his ambition to run for the state’s governorship in 2019, thereby joining dozens of politicians jostling for the seat on the platform of the All Progressives Congress.
Alao-Akala was deputy governor to Rashidi Ladoja but replaced him in January 2016 when Ladoja was impeached until December 2016 when a court ruling declared the impeachment as illegal.
Alao-Akala returned as governor for four years between 2007 and 2011 after winning the governorship election on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party.
He lost his re-election bid to the present Governor Abiola Ajimobi but re-contested in 2015 on the platform of the Labour Party.
The former governor formerly joined the APC in 2017.
His declaration followed a clarion call by his associates, the Akala Support Group, who held a meeting on March 29, 2018, at the Premier Hotel, Ibadan, where they asked him to consider running for the state’s governorship seat because of his political and administrative experience.
While making the declaration at his Bodija home in Ibadan, Alao-Akala said he was responding to the call by the ASG and other stakeholders in the state who had called on him to contest in 2019.
The former governor added that he had consulted with the stakeholders in the state before arriving at the decision.
He said, “Patriotic people of Oyo State, for quite some time now, I have been inundated by telephone calls, text messages from well-meaning citizens and subjected to intense pressure. All these I have been receiving from Destiny Group, corporate bodies, political associates and friends alike to stage a comeback to the governorship seat in the state.
“Consequently, (this declaration is made) with all sense of responsibility and with a view to consolidating and surpassing the achievements recorded so far by Governor Abiola Ajimobi towards making the state better. Having communed with my Creator, the Almighty God, my immediate family and after due consultations with critical stakeholders, I do solemnly offer myself to contest the governorship seat in 2019. So, help me, God.”
While making reference to his achievements as governor of the state, Alao-Akala pointed out that the state recorded massive economic boom and infrastructural development, pointing out that he shared the administrative strategy of Ajimobi.
“Ajimobi’s remarkable programmes and projects in the areas where people find it tough to venture into have been impactful on the lives of the citizenry. My fellow compatriots, you can see vividly the similarities in our visions and designations,” he said.