Qudirat Hakeem-Apanpa, Ibadan
Former Oyo State Governor, Chief Christopher Adebayo Alao-Akala has declared that it is only the Almighty and the powerful electorate that would decide the next governor of the state in 2015 and not mere political statements.
Alao-Akala told newsmen in Ogbomoso on Monday that the people had tasted governance from both sides of the coin and would, with the help of God, determine the tendency that serves their interests better.
The incumbent Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi had on Friday, during the swearing-ceremony of the local government caretaker chairmen boasted that he would win his second term bid.
In response, however, Alao-Akala said: “He (Ajimobi) only expressed himself. He is entitled to his opinion but Almighty God and the electorate will decide who govern them,” adding: “All that the people want is someone who will rule and improve their standards of living; someone, who will ensure that the people have food on their table”.
The former governor said that the present administration had only succeeded in expanding readymade roads and turning house owners into tenants through the destruction of their houses.
Alao-Akala said that he was not aware of any crisis rocking his party, the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) in the state.
He admitted that there were aggrieved members, but observed that had the rights to express their grievances, adding that the contentious issues would be resolved soon and everyone would be taken care of.
He said that he was interested in rebuilding the party and would not be against any effort employed towards that effect.
He said: “It is better to build the party than building individual careers. Party is very important in politics but could be killed if leaders allocate party positions to satisfy personal and selfish interests.
“We need to put the round peg in the round hole and that will make the party wax stronger,” he said.
He said that the governorship ambition of his political son, Mr. Femi Babalola, was not out of place since Babalola is eminently qualified for the position.
Alao-Akala said that there was a difference between seeking advice on political ambitions and receiving blessings, adding that Babalola only sought his advice.
He, however, said that he would be the last person that would shatter his dream of becoming the state governor.
Alao-Akala said also that in spite of the present national security challenges, President Goodluck Jonathan deserves a second term in office, considering the tremendous achievements recorded by his administration.
He said: “The President has done well even with the present circumstance. He is presently reconstructing the Lagos-Ibadan expressway, which has been abandoned since 1979.
“Ibadan Airport is undergoing face-lift, the Ibadan-Oyo-Ilorin expressway has been reconstructed, while the departure of the Muritala Muhammed International Airport is one of the best in the world,” he said.
He also described former President Olusegun Obasanjo as the best President the nation has ever produced.