Funmi Olaitan, Ibadan
Immediate past governor of Oyo State, Mr. Adebayo Alao-Akala, on Wednesday, formally declared his intention to contest the forthcoming gubernatorial election in the state on the platform of ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
Akala, flanked by his wife, Oluwakemi, made his intention known while addressing his teeming supporters who thronged his Bodija, Ibadan residence, to know his political move ahead of the 2019 general elections.
It would be recalled that he ruled the state between 2007 and 2011 on the platform of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)
The former governor who said his decision to re-contest the gubernatorial election in 2019 was as a result of several phone calls and messages he has been receiving from people from the various groups and zones in the state, assured of consolidating and building on the achievements of Governor Abiola Ajimobi.
He said, "In the past few months, the political arena in Oyo State has been agog with intense politicking by governorship aspirants jostling to occupy Agodi Government House. When I had the privilege of occupying that office some years ago, I endeavoured to put smiles on the faces of the people of the state within available resources.
"I make bold to say emphatically and unequivocally that my laudable accomplishments in virtually all sectors speak volumes and which without mincing words had earned me the sobriquet of, 'OYATO GOVERNOR.'
"Patriotic people of Oyo state for quite some time now, I have been inundated by telephone calls, text messages from well meaning citizens and subjected to intense pressures by Destiny Group, corporate bodies, political associates and friends alike to stage a comeback to the governorship seat of our dear state.
"Consequently, with all sense of responsibility and with a view to consolidating and surpass achievements recorded so far by Mr Ajimobi towards making Oyo state better, I Christopher Adebayo Alao-Akala having communed with my Creator, the Almighty God, my immediate family and due consultations with critical stakeholders, do solemnly offer myself to contest for the Governorship Seat of Oyo state come 2019. So help me God.
"Finally, I wish to express my heartfelt appreciation to my numerous supporters across the 33 Local Government Areas of the state, particularly Destiny Group. I salute their courage and unwavering commitment to this project. I shall always be grateful to you all. Let us therefore continue to move forward in our collective dreams to build a united, peaceful, politically stable, economically viable and better Oyo State".