A group loyal to the former governor of Oyo state, Otunba Alao Akala has thrown its weight behind the National Working Committee (NWC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) agreeing with it on the issue of ‘Direct Primary’ election in the forthcoming general election.
The Akala Support Group said although it was fully prepared for the options of direct or indirect primaries, its main preference is for the direct because it involves the people.
Speaking shortly after picking governorship nomination and expression of interest forms for Otunba Akala, leader of the group, Chief Wale Ohu said; “Whichever the party settles for is okay by us, but we know that direct primaries is the best for the party because whatever it takes, it gives an average party member the opportunity to have a say in who flies the tickets of the party at every level.
It is commonsense that in a democratic system like this, you should have direct primaries because it gives opportunity to almost everybody. I think it is the best option that one can think of. But be that as it may, whatever we agree in Oyo state, which is what we shall do”.
Chief Ohu was accompanied on the visit by Dr. Fola Akinosun, Tajudeen Kareem, Barr. Yinka Lanipekun, Engr. Remi Adepoju and Alh. Yinusa Dakeja, among others.
On the chances of their principal at making it back to Government House, the group said Akala’s antecedents speak for him.
“His antecedents explain it all; what he did when he was in office for four years are monumental. If you go to Oyo state today and look at the road network in the hinterlands as the state is agro-based, you would marvel.
He built a Teaching Hospital at LAUTECH that is of international standard. He established a College of Agriculture which our youths are now taking advantage. He ran a humane government. His government had a human face and he was approachable by the people”, the Group said.
They described Akala as a humane politician who would approach governance in Oyo state with a ‘human face’.
“The Akala Support Group is an embodiment of supporters and political associates of Otunba Alao Akala. Sometimes ago, we came together under an umbrella body to make a clarion call on him to run for governor in 2019.
“This body comprises of artisans, market women, professionals and politicians who appreciated all the things he did in his first tenure and for his human face to governance.
They went further to contribute money to purchase nomination and expression of interest forms for him because they were the people who convinced him to run and they mandated us to come and pick the form on behalf of the group”, they noted.