Director General, Akala/Olaiya Campaign Organisation, Mr Wale Ohu has discountenanced the APC Chairman’s assertion, noting that Alao Akala never had an agreement with Ajimobi on vying for the Senate, in London.
Speaking on the London meeting, Ohu said that Ajimobi came in company of Folarin to beg Alao Akala to stay in the APC so that they could jointly tackle the Senator Rashidi Ladoja political family.
While noting that Ajimobi asked what the political aspiration of Alao Akala was, Ohu said Alao Akala responded by saying, “when we get to the bridge, we shall cross it.”
He described as ridiculous and undemocratic reaching such an agreement, noting that Alao Akala had the political clout to win a Senatorial seat in Oyo North without having to rely on Ajimobi’s offer.
According to Ohu, Alao Akala had always had his eyes on becoming governor again, and not vying for the Senate.
“There was never an agreement like that. Ajimobi was like a fish out of water and felt that Ladoja and his Accord party then, was giving him serious heat. He then believed that he seriously needed an Akala to save himself.
“Ajimobi had to run to London in the company of Folarin to beg Akala that he should not leave the party and let them stay together. He asked what would be the aspiration of each of them and Akala responded that when they get to the bridge, they shall cross it.
“If Akala needed the Senate seat, he will not need an Ajimobi as Ajimobi does not come from that Senatorial district. He has no bearing in that district as Akala is very prominent there. This is a senatorial district where Akala has won an election in all local government in that district back to back four times.
“Governorship has always been Alao Akala’s ambition. This is because people who wanted him to run have always been on his neck and he has always told them that he is consulting and that at the right time, he will let them know. And those who have been pressurizing him did not stop until he answered their call.
“It will be ridiculous for Ajimobi to offer Alao Akala anything. He was also once a governor like Ajimobi. Alao Akala will decide on what he wants not Ajimobi offering him. Is Ajimobi the party or the electorate? That will be undemocratic. What if the person being offered something is not interested? It is only an individual that can disclose his ambition,” Ohu said.
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