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The governorship candidate of the Action Democratic Party’s (ADP), Adebayo Alao-Akala, on Tuesday 11th December 2018 stated reasons why he wants to govern the state again at the official launch of his campaign and inauguration of his campaign team held in Ibadan, the state capital. Alao-Akala said Oyo state was in a grave mess because 90% of the projects executed by the current administration are anti-people
Alao-Akala who is also a former governor said he is seeking another opportunity to govern the state, in a rescue mission, to reposition the state for the betterment of the people. His words: “My heart aches because 90% of the outgoing government’s policies, programmes and projects are best described as anti-people, which leave our people in pain and despondency. “Instead of criticizing, I made myself available to guide the incumbent government on how best to run proactive and pro-people governance, but the driver lacks the required goodwill. “Today, the major sectors of our economy, which are education, health, agriculture and environment have been either neglected or bastardised. Oyo state is in a serious mess. “Today’s historic occasion provides me another opportunity to officially answer the lingering question as to why Alao-Akala is contesting again for the seat of the governor of Oyo state in upcoming 2019 elections. “I am seeking another opportunity to govern the state from May 29, 2019, with a rescue mission to reposition the state for the betterment of our people and the investors. “Service to humanity, especially holding a public office, is not a function of age but mental capacity, experience, maturity, good vision and mission, sensitiveness, responsiveness, credibility and popular accessibility of a person. “I am offering myself again to serve the good people of Oyo state because I am healthy and mentally fit for the rigorous tasks of governance. “We do not need a learner or experimental governor. Leadership is by example, and my running mate, Professor Abideen Olaitan Olaiya has credible antecedents. My deputy is a born and devout Muslim, therefore he would not have to adopt an emergency Muslim name to falsely prove his religious leaning and appeal to pity.” Alao-Akala, who decried the state of education in the last seven years in the state, said that he will declare a state of emergency in the education and health sectors upon assuming office. He went ahead to say that his team is determined to initiate and implement policies and programmes that would transform the state, improve the welfare of the residents and create an environment conducive to business growth and security as well as wealth and employment creations.
He also stated that information reaching his camp shows that Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) is conniving with the ruling APC party to disenfranchise thousands of voters across the state in order to weaken the bidding opposition party’s strongholds through illegal relocation of voters from one local government into to another. He therefore called on the INEC chairman and constituted authorities to put a stop to adverse rigging method so as to have a free and fair election in 2019.
The Governorship Candidate expressed his appreciation to the party faithful’s and supporters who ensured that he emerged the flag bearer of the party. In his opening address he gave out his 5 cardinal project for the state if elected the Governor of the state. He explained that the past seven and half years of this administration has made life unbearable for Oyo State indigenes.
He also promised inclusive government and robust economy if elected governor in the next election.
At the launch were his wife, Oluwakemi Alao-Akala; deputy gubernatorial candidate, Abideen Olaiya; and Oyo South, North and Central senatorial candidates, Fola Akinosun, Ahmed Salaudeen and Temitope Olatoye . The inauguration saw the party secretary
Pastor Dare Ojo as the Deputy Director General of the campaign and Mr. A. D. Ojo as Chief Media Director of the campaign respectively.