Former governor of Oyo State and flagbearer of Action Democratic Party, ADP, in the forthcoming general election, Otunba Adebayo Alao-Akala has revealed why he chose Prof. Abideen Olaiya as his running mate.
Alao-Akala who disclosed this when Olaiya, who contested the Accord guber primaries, visited his Ogbomoso residence over the weekend, said it was still a decision centred around his style of putting people first.
“If you take a careful study of this decision, you will see that we are on the right track. Prof. Olaiya is a man of the people, his followership base is unprecedented.
He is a leader of men and this quality endeared him to me so much as we fall in the same category. His is level of commitment to the development of people around him is one of the qualities that endeared him to me backed with his political clout.
“He is a movement on his own and when it comes to political structure, he is balanced and well positioned.
“He is a scholar of repute, an unblemished politician whose track record speak for itself and a Professional in Politics not a professional politician.
“In the religious circle, he is a core muslim who is committed to the teachings of the Holy Prophet and stands by what he believes in.
“Academically, he is a force to reckon with while his family pedigree in Ibadanland is worthy of note.
“With all these qualities combined with my own structure as an Experienced Politician and a one time Governor of this State, our administration under the banner of Action Democratic Party will be the best you can point at in years to come in Oyo state.
While describing the recent announcement of an executive travel ban on about 50 high profile Nigerians with his name on the list, Otunba Alao-Akala said it is normal for government to carry out its responsibilities as prescribed by law and that there is nothing special or Political about it.