Akala says he his grateful for not winning election


Adebayo Alao-Akala, the former governor of Oyo state has said that the reason he thanked God for not winning the 2015 election was due to the dwindling economy and the problems governors were facing at the moment. The former member of the Peoples Democratic Party contested for governorship position in Oyo state under the platform of the Labour Party but lost to Governor Abiola Ajimobi of the All Progressives Congress (APC).  Daily Trust reports that Akala, who is now a member of the APC expressed his gratitude after meeting with the party’s national chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun and other leaders from the south-west geo-political zone.

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He said: “I said that because I pitied the governors because of what they are going through now. I wouldn’t have been able to sleep with these dwindling monthly allocations. That was the reason why I said that. I don’t know how I would have coped. It doesn’t go beyond that.”

He said he met with Oyegun to discuss party related issues. Concerning 2019, Akala said he had no plans yet and that God will define his decision.

He said: “When we get to the bridge, we shall cross it. This is just 2016. Time will tell wherever anybody wants to go. Why do you try to ask God about 2019 now? Do you know whether you will sleep tomorrow and wake up tomorrow? Let’s leave 2019 to God.”

He expressed optimism in the success of the PC in spite of the present predicament.

He said: “The change agenda has already started. It has not been the business as usual. Things have started changing. I know it’s purely for good purpose by the grace of God.”

He urged Nigerians to be patient with the new government.

“Things will soon turn around. Change comes with time. When you want to make a change, it doesn’t happen suddenly. It has to be gradual. We have started seeing it. I know we will get there by the grace of God,” he said.


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