Supporters of former governor, Chief Adebayo Alao-Akala and former Senate leader, Oloye Teslim Folarin are angry with Governor Abiola Ajimobi over the recently held congress of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, in the state.
Insight Oyo recalled that the former PDP chieftains joined the APC recently from Labour Party, LP and Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, where they both contested the 2015 governorship election respectively.
Though the national working committee, NWC, is yet to ratified the winners of the congress as the party is divided along Ajimobi’s SENACO and aggrieved members under the aegis of Unity Forum factions.
This is due to the allegations by members of the Unity Forum that Ajimobi\’s supporters did not purchase forms for the ward congress which held on 5th May! 2018.
Sources told Insight Oyo that while Ajimobi conceded the position of financial secretary to Alao-Akala, nothing was given to Folarin.
Trouble, however, started when Ajimobi was said to have told Alao-Akala that he must choose the person to be financial secretary from Ogbomoso, an action whicj angered the latter.
Meanwhile, a group loyal to the former governor, the Pathfinder, on Wednesday cautioned Alao-Akala against the antics of the state governor, Abiola Ajimobi and some elements within the ruling APC in the state.
In a statement issued in Ibadan by its coordinator, Gbenga Keru, he alleged that if the present game-plans in APC in Oyo state are anything to go by, it is glaring that the strategy “is to tactically scheme” Alao-Akala out of political relevance in Oyo state before the 2019 general elections.
He maintained that as formidable and loyal supporters and admirers of Alao-Akala, “We are constraint to before it will be too late ask our own Otunba Adebayo Alao-Akala to wake up now and do the needful so as not to be untimely sent into political irrelevance”.
He stressed that “picking of APC state Chairman, Financial Secretary and even the election of a new Speaker of Oyo State House of Assembly as well as the picking and election of Otunba Alao-Akala son, Olamiju as one of the newly elected Council Chairmen in the state are mere ploy by Governor Abiola Ajimobi to scheme out Otunba Alao-Akala from contesting in the 2019 governorship election in Oyo state.
“We at the Pathfinder group wish to caution our leader and the real grassroots politician in Oyo state, our own Otunba Adebayo Alao-Akala to without wasting time reconsider his stand with the APC. Our observations in the unfolding political scenario in Oyo state leaves us with no doubt that Governor Abiola Ajimobi and some elements in the APC are up to a game plan which may eventually lead to his being schemed out of relevance in the Oyo state main stream politics”.
As a group comprising of experienced technocrats and competent politicians, Keru said, “We are quick to add that having the state APC, Financial Secretary and the Speaker of the Oyo state House of Assembly from Ogbomosoland, speaks volume on the 2019 political calculations in Oyo state as it is clear that Ogbomosoland again cannot be thinking of having the governorship ticket in the coming dispensation come 2019.
In view of the above reasons and many others that may be unfolding, we are calling on Otunba Adebayo Alao-Akala not to allow himself to be unnecessarily sent into political oblivion by being tactically schemed out of the 2019 governorship race in Oyo state. We have said it before and we are again repeating it that Otunba Adebayo Alao-Akala remains the only person that can succeed Governor Ajimobi come 2019 to sustain and even improve on the developments in the state”