A Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Oyo State, Engr Muftau Open Salawu has declared his confidence in the pedigree of Otunba Christopher Adebayo Alao-Akala, former Governor of Oyo State as a leader of the party and face of APC in Oyo State.
The former Special Adviser on Works and Transport to Former Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, said the party cannot afford to lose the wisdom of Otunba Alao-Akala at this point when they are strategising and reconciling aggrieved members of the party.
Open Salawu said this on Sunday, while featuring on a Radio interview on Ajilete FM, Ogbomoso.
He said ” by hierarchy, anybody who is former governor or sitting governor in any political party is automatically a leader in that party, in Oyo APC today, Otunba Alao Akala is the only former governor in the party so whether Ajimobi appointed him or not he is a leader of APC in Oyo State. You don’t demand to be a leader you earn it with respect.”
He explained further that the APC in Oyo State look up to him as a leader saying that definitely with his pedigree as a former local government chairman, Deputy Governor and Governor, Alao-Akala did not begged nor lobby for being a leader of the APC but he earned it long time ago, noting that he will still be a leader in any party he goes to.
Similarly, Open Salawu while answering questions about those decamping away from the party, he said “this time when the APC is not in government at the State level is the time people will know those who want to serve them and those who want to exploit them.
“When these people are no longer in power they will decamp to where they will exploit public resources, but those who want to serve the people will remain with their party and work towards how they will regain power.”