A former Governor of Oyo state, Adebayo Alao-Akala, has been adopted as the candidate of Labour Party for the 2015 gubernatorial election in Oyo state, following his failure to clinch the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP’s ticket.
Labour Party ratified the nomination of Mr. Alao-Akala as its governorship candidate during its convention that held in Ibadan Wednesday, after five aspirants, including Sarafadeen Alli, Kazeem Adedeji and Nurudeen Akinyo stepped down.
The development ended speculations, following his loss in PDP, on whether the former governor would join the All Progressives Congress, APC, or the Accord Party under the leadership of his former boss, Rashidi Ladoja, to gain the senatorial ticket of Oyo North
Meanwhile, Mr. Alli, a former chief of staff and secretary to the State Government, emerged as Mr. Alao-Akala’s running mate. Mr. Alli is also the immediate past chairman of the Odua Investment Company.
Mr. Alao-Akala has immediately begun moves to strengthen the Labour Party in the state, particularly by inviting aspirants that lost out in the primaries of the APC.
Already, he has made overtures to Kamil Akinlabi, a member of the National Assembly representing Oyo Federal Constituency, who failed in his bid to return to the House at the APC primaries held on Sunday.
It was reliably gathered Alao-Akala phoned Mr. Akinlabi on Sunday night to join the Labour Party for House of Representatives ticket. The federal legislator eventually clinched the party’s ticket to pursue his return bid in 2015.
Also, following its convention, the Labour Party adopted Olu Abiala, Tajudeem Kareem and Nurudeen Akinyo as senatorial candidates for Oyo Central, Oyo North And Oyo South respectively.
Mr. Kareem is currently a member of the Federal House of Representatives, representing Saki East, Saki West and Atisbo Federal Constituency.