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Why Politicians Will Fear You If You Don’t Drink, Womanize — Alao-Akala

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Former governor Adebayo Alao-Akala has revealed why politicians fear people who neither drink nor womanize.

Alao-Akala, who would be 70 in less than 24 hours, made this known in an interview with Saturday PUNCH.

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Asked why he takes social life to extremes and doesn’t look like someone who is made for politics, the Ogbomoso-born explained that he got helped because he socialises.

“I was helped in politics because I socialise a lot. In 2007, I was ‘squeezed’ by Ladoja; I didn’t have money to campaign. It was friends who believed in me that rallied round me. A good politician must have a social life. If you are a politician and you don’t have a social life, forget it.

“In those days, if you didn’t drink and didn’t womanise, people would fear you. How do you mix with people? Anybody that socialises has a very plain heart. He would not have grudges against you. I am a life member of Ikoyi Club, Island Club and Ibadan Polo Club. If I give you one bottle of beer and someone is planning evil against me, you will come and tell me.

“Oh, it has helped me a lot. It helps me to get vital information. When you have such friends, they will come and tell you about people’s plots (against you). If they say that I wear jewellery; I have been doing that since I was young. You cannot grow up in Ghana and not like it. My mother put gold necklace on my neck as a child,”  the All Progressives Congress, APC, leader added.

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