Second Term: No gang up can stop Akala, Top PDP Leader
No amount of gang up based on jealousy, bitterness and unwarranted hatred can stop the incumbent governor of Oyo State, Otunba Christopher Adebayo Alao-Akala from emerging as the first ever governor to serve the state for a second term a group of functioning top politicians of Ibadan origin said in Ibadan Saturday.
Acting under aegis of Forum of Political Office Holders of Ibadan land, the top politicians stated that with the celebrated rejection of the noble and well intentioned gifts from the governor by some politicians , particularly two former governors, it has further become glaring that the former leaders were simply exhibiting sheer jealousy and hatred against the sitting governor.
“ As much as we feel pained at the crude and barbaric level these erstwhile leaders of the state are taking politics to in our dear state , we are now vindicated by the latest action of these people who have now left nobody in doubt as to the main reason why they have been attacking the governor since he assumed power.
“ This is an ungodly gang up of well known enemies who are now afraid that a non Ibadan governor , having surpassed their performances put together in all ramifications is all set to break the jinx of second term in Oyo State. This is a clear case of jealousy and hatred of a very dangerous dimension. But like their other ill motivated projects, it will fail flatly.
The forum in the statement signed by Professor Soji Adejumo , Chairman Oyo State Universal Board for Primary Education (SUBEB) and and Dr. Kola Balogun, the State Commissioner for Commerce and Cooperatives said it was sad and incongruous that while Otunba Alao-Akala was showing love and obediently heading the advice of well meaning people of Nigeria including the National Chairman of the People's Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Okweizileze Nwodo that he should find means and ways of bridging the gap between him and the few aggrieved politicians in the state , Governor Akala was only being reciprocated by malice through barefaced rejection of friendly gifts.
“It is irritating, while the governor is seeking peace and promoting love in the spirit of the season, these people are publicly fanning the embers of hatred and disunity not only in the political circles but in all spheres of the state. This act is unbecoming of people who had been duly honored and given good opportunities to serve the state” the statement declared.
The top government functionaries argued that if there was any reason for them to even reject the gifts “they should have been decent and states manly enough to do it without any form of uncouth press celebration and spin which patently exposed their lack of men of merit and substance”
In the spirit of the season, the Ibadan elected and appointed politicians appealed to the former leaders to emulate other former governors of the State Dr Omololu Olunloyo and Chief Kolapo Ishola who have always eschewed politics of bitterness and hatred and; using their wisdom , knowledge and contacts in the cause of growing Oyo State and her people. Or as Muslims, they should emulate fellow former governors in the North who are doing well supporting their successors and promoting young ones to greatness.
“But if they fail to heed the advice and continue with their politics of hatred and destruction ( bo ba opa bob a obu lese) , they should be told that the people of the state had already left them behind in door die politics as Ibadan and indeed Oyo State politicians have embraced peace and progress through governor Adebayo Alao-Akala who has been working hard in order to guarantee a better tomorrow for Oyo State and all her people. The statement added.