Ahead of next Saturday’s governorship and State Assembly elections, former Oyo governor, Otunba Alao Akala, has rejoined the All Progressive Congress from the Action Democratic Party, ADC.
Akala who was the ADC governorship candidate defected to the party from APC in the wake of the ruling party’s acrimonious primary in the state.
According to report, the ex-Oyo governor rejoined APC at the instance of the party national leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu. Akala was said to have held a meeting with Tinubu at the latter Lagos residence in company of his wife, Kemi and their son, Olamiju.
“Tinubu and Alao-Akala met on Tuesday. Tinubu asked Alao-Akala, who has many supporters in Ogbomoso, to collapse his structure into that of Adebayo Adelabu. We know that if Alao-Akala was in our camp, there was no way Atiku would have had such a good outing in Oyo State, especially Ogbomoso.
“The PDP governorship candidate, Seyi Makinde, is popular and he is also an Ibadan guy like Adelabu, which means that they will both split the votes in Ibadan. The APC will need to forge an alliance with elements in Ogbomoso to get an advantage,” sources said.