The All Progressives Congress chairman in Oyo State, Akin Oke, has expressed his disappointment at a former governor of the state, Chief Adebayo Alao-Akala, for his decision to defect from the Peoples Democratic Party to the Labour Party, instead of joining the ruling APC.
Alao-Akala had joined the LP on the day the PDP held its governorship primary election in Ibadan the state capital, in protest against the outcome of the exercise.
Reacting to Alao-Akala’s defection, Mr. Oke wondered why the ex-governor joined the LP instead of APC, where he claimed his chances of success were brighter.
While affirming the popularity of Alao-Akala in the state, Oke said although APC might not give him its governorship ticket, he would have easily clinched the party’s senatorial ticket and with that, a bright chance of success at the polls.
Oke said, “Incidentally, Alao-Akala is my brother; we come from the same town and zone. I know his weight, he has a formidable weight. But I think he miscalculated by going to LP and he is going to regret it.
“If I were in his shoes, rather than go to the LP, I would have gone to the APC, since he is aggrieved with the PDP. I know he will eventually regret his decision”.
The state APC chairman added that most ex-governors ended up in the Senate and the party would have given Mr. Alao-Akala the chance to go to the National Assembly on a platter of gold.
“Surely, we could have given him the senatorial ticket but with the place he has gone to, I am very sure he cannot win. It is going to cost him more and he will still not win. That is why I think he will regret the decision later.
“I don’t know who advised him to take that decision but I know that whoever talked him into it gave him a wrong impression”, said Oke.