I ruled Oyo with ‘the fear of God’, Alao-Akala says

Alao Akala [Photo: pishmagazine.blogspot.com]

Mr. Alao-Akala said PDP would win if elections were held in Oyo State, South-West Nigeria.

The former Governor of Oyo State, Adebayo Alao-Akala, who is being prosecuted for corruption, has said he ruled Oyo State with ‘the fear of God’ while he was governor (2007-2011).

Mr. Alao-Akala, on Thursday, also challenged his successor, Abiola Ajimobi, to conduct local government elections in the state to know the level of acceptance of his government and his party, the Action Congress of Nigeria.

Like many other state governors, Mr. Ajimobi has only appointed caretaker committees for the 33 local governments in the state since he assumed office in 2011.

Mr. Akala, who boasted that his party, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, would win three-quarter of the seats if the incumbent dares to hold the elections, condemned the governor for the delay in conducting LG elections.

The former governor was the special guest at the PDP Ibadan Forum meeting held at the Hall of Grace, Jogor Centre, Ibadan, on Thursday.

He told the congregation that Ibadan people are eagerly awaiting PDP’s return to power to relieve the yoke imposed on them by the ruling ACN.

With the fear of God

Mr. Alao-Akala, who is being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission for mismanaging N11.5 billion of the Oyo State funds while in office said he and his party ruled with the “fear of God” while in power.

“When PDP was in government, we ruled with the fear of God,” Mr. Alao-Akala said. “We were not demolishing people’s means of livelihood; rather, we were building roads and building people and the state.

“We put smiles on the faces of the masses and not the sorrow and gnashing of teeth that the current administration has brought them.”

The former governor said that explains the reason for the party’s popularity in the state even after it has left power.

“This is why; today PDP members can walk on the streets proud of the achievements that are visible everywhere in the state.

“And this is why almost two years after assumption of office, Ajimobi cannot conduct local government election. PDP is coming back to power in Oyo come 2015,” the former governor said.

Mr. Alao-Akala said the various PDP leaders in the state were holding meetings to resolve their differences.

“This meeting is a wake-up call. Oyo PDP is awake to return smiles to the faces of the people of the state. Chieftains of the party who are not in this meeting are our people and we shall soon fuse together.

“We need unity to move the party forward and talks are still ongoing to achieve cohesion in the party,” he said.

In an address on the occasion, a member of the PDP Board of Trustees, Yekeen Adeojo, said that the Minister of State for the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Jumoke Akinjide, and some other party stalwarts are needed if the party’s dream of returning to power in the state is to be realised.

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