‘Why I worked against Alao-Akala in 2011’
The founder of the Word Communication Ministries (WOCOM), Apostle Sunday Popoola, has explained why he campaigned against former Oyo State Governor Adebayo Alao-Akala in the 2011 governorship election. He spoke at the weekend in Ibadan, the state capital, at the inauguration of a youth movement aimed at “Strategising to Harness Youth Leadership and Development (SHYLD)”. Apostle Popoola said: “The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) frowned at my decision to work against a fellow Christian, but I stood my ground and worked for a better candidate because Oyo State was underdeveloped during Alao-Akala’s tenure in office. “Alao-Akala did not have any good plan for this state. I was offered bribe to campaign for him, but I rejected his offers because he had no plan for this state and the people are against him. At my Idishin neighbourhood, most residents are elites and do not vote, but because I saw the transformation Governor Abiola Ajimobi would bring to this state if he was elected, I educated my neighbours on why they should vote and to my amazement, over 7,000 people in my area voted for Ajimobi in the 2011 governorship election.
I have no regret for doing that.” He urged youths to be agents of development, adding that Nigeria had natural and human resources, which are yet to be harnessed. The cleric advised youths to model their lives after successful people in the world, like the late Nelson Mandela, who was ready to die to change South Africa for good, and the biblical Joseph, who saved his people from famine. He said success was not about material possession but what you have to offer to uplift your nation. Apostle Popoola urged youths to be resilient and work together, irrespective of religious affiliation. Co-ordinator of the youth forum Mr. Sunday Oni said the group’s vision is to build the capacity of youths to be key actors in politics and grassroots development.
Oni said it was time for aged politicians to step aside and allow youths to take charge of their destinies.