Sunday, January 5, 2014

RE-CONTESTING? Ex-Oyo State Governor Alao-Akala’s Posters Flood Ibadan


Political activities came alive in Oyo State soon after the New Year celebration with the posters of former Governor Adebayo Alao-Akala and Seyi Makinde pasted in strategic places in Ibadan.
Both politicians belong to the Peoples Democratic Party.
While the posters of Alao-Akala do not indicate the position he is vying for in 2015, Makinde’s posters have ‘Oyo Guber 2015’ written at the top of his picture.  The posters are prominently displayed along UI/Ojoo road, Sango, Secretariat road and PDP party secretariat on Queen Elizabeth road.
A source close to Makinde’s camp, Akeem Azeez said that the posters belonged to the politician, adding that the purpose of pasting them was to send the message across to everyone in the state that Makinde was serious about his ambition.
After series of meetings in Ibadan and Ogbomoso, Alao-Akala has been striving to bring together aggrieved PDP members, culminating in a town hall meeting held at Plaza de Aruna in Oyo in December 2013, where he met with some of the members from Oyo Federal Constituency, comprising  Afijio, Atiba, Oyo-East and Oyo-West. A source close to the former governor, but who preferred not to be mentioned, said that there was no decision yet on which position Alao-Akala would contest in the coming general election.
He said, “We have not decided on the position yet. We will leave that to the electorate. The posters are there to generate public opinion. Our next action will be determined by what the people say. Alao-Akala is not desperate for position, if the people advise him not to contest, he will accept the verdict. But the truth is that he is a passionate leader who believes in the voice of the people,” said the source.

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