As the politics towards 2019 general election build, a socio-political group, The Pathfinder Group in Oyo state has called on the ruling All Progressives Cogress (APC) and Governor Abiola Ajimobi to ensure that the former governor of the state, Otunba Adebayo Alao-Akala emerged as the party’s governorship candidate in 2019 election.
Convener of the group, Comrade Gbenga Carew made the call while addressing members of the group at their meeting held at the Green Springs hotel in Ibadan.
According to the group, having Otunba Akala as the APC governorship candidate for the 2019 elections will surely ensure the much needed continuity of APC government with its achievement in and across Oyo state .
Carew emphasised that considering the good legacies of Governor Abiola Ajimobi in Oyo state, there is the need for an experienced and tested hand to be put forward by the APC to continue the good works and sustain it with a “popular and acceptable” candidate for the 2019 governorship election.
He maintained that the facts on ground in and across Oyo state clearly showed that “Otunba Alao-Akala is the only person that can win Oyo State for APC in 2019 among the several governorship aspirants we are having on ground in the state.
” 2019 is almost around the corner and we are here to deliberate on the future of our dear Oyo State and our party, APC. No doubt, Governor Abiola Ajimobi has performed wonderfully well and there is the need to sustain and improve on his performance. For our party to sustain, improved on the good legacies laid by Governor Ajimobi, we need Otunba Adebayo Alao- Akala for the 2019 governorship election” he said.
The PG Convener stressed that of all the governorship aspirants in the APC, the fact remains that Otunba Adebayo Alao-Akala stands out as the most popular when it comes to Oyo State politics, saying, “as at today, Otunba Adebayo Alao- Akala is the only politician among the APC governorship aspirants with his structures firmly on ground across Oyo State”.
” We are calling on the leadership of APC at the National and the state levels to do the needful and give the paety’s 2019 governorship ticket to Otunba Adebayo Alao-Akala if they want APC to retain its control of Oyo State beyond 2019″..
The Convener added “our advice to Governor Abiola Ajimobi is tbat he should consider the interest of the masses in Oyo state in deciding who succeeds him especially in moving Oyo state forward for development, progress and continuity”.
“For all what Governor Abiola Ajimobi has achieved in terms of good roads, infrastuctural developments in Oyo state to be sustained. Otunba Adebayo Alao should be given the 2019 APC governorship ticket. We dont want just anybody to be given the ticket, we need a popular candidate. For APC to retain its hold of Oyo state come 2019,Akala is the answer”
Other speakers at the meeting butressed Mr Carew’s position on the need for APC to present Otunba Akala as its 2019 governorship candidate in Oyo state for the party to permanently silence the opposition parties in the state.