Former Oyo State governor and Labour Party governorship candidate in 2015, Otunba Christopher Adebayo Alao-Akala has given the reason he dumped the ruling party All Progressive Congress (APC) for Action Democratic Party, and why he did not join the opposition party People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and African Democratic Congress (ADC).
According to the ex-governor of the state, Alao-Akala said that the fear of the unknown and perceived ideological differences stopped him from joining the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the African Democratic Congress (ADC). He made this revelation while speaking on a Yoruba interview programme on Lagelu FM on Monday morning declared that, “once beaten is twice shy”.
According to him, moving to either PDP or ADC after he boycotted the APC governorship primary that produced a former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Mr. Bayo Adelabu may end up exposing him to another round of unpalatable experience likening to be ‘from frying pan to fire.’
“I have seen what APC did to us and we must be highly cautious this time. Abinitio, we didn’t join APC because of positions and I told my supporters too that they shouldn’t expect much there. I, however, hinted that if we were offered positions, we would accept them. “I have been governor before and there is nothing new in my aspiration again if not for the need to heed the clarion call of the masses. I have left the APC and I am now in Action Democratic Party.”
When asked why he didn’t join forces with the PDP flagbearer, Engr. Seyi Makinde. He said:
“I am his senior in PDP and we left same time. He has gone back to PDP. He is a gifted person with the rare gift of bringing people together. But maybe because of the people around him, he didn’t listen to advice. I can’t join forces with PDP this time around although no permanent enemy or friends in politics.”
On the closure of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Alao-Akala said,
“LAUTECH issue normally brings sadness to me because I saw it’s current problems coming when I was in office and that was why I moved to severe the relationship with Osun. We have shared our assets before I left but I became worried when the government of the day reviewed it and this is where it has led us.”