- Christopher Alao-Akala denies planning to leave the ruling APC for the ADC
- Alao-Akala, a former governor of Oyo, is planning to contest again in the state
- The former governor accuses the ADC of planning to launder its image by coming up with a report of his planned defection
A former governor of Oyo state, Christopher Alao-Akala, has denied planning to dump the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) ahead of 2019 when he hopes to achieve his ambition of contesting in the governorship election.
Alao-Akala, who joined the APC from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the platform through which he governed the state, has also picked his governorship form.
The Punch reports that the former governor, on Monday, September, 10, left Ibadan for Abuja to submit his governorship nomination forms of the APC.
A statement by the head of new media and public affairs of the Alao-Akala campaign organisation, Jeremiah Akande, denied the alleged move and emphasised that the former governor was not considering dropping his ambition or dumping the APC.
“The media and publicity directorate of Alao-Akala campaign organisation, after a careful study of the said report and unfounded information pieced together in the body of the story, came to a professional conclusion that the idea behind the report was a mere publicity stunt aimed at laundering the image of the political party in question.
“The campaign organisation of Alao-Akala wishes to once again reiterate His Excellency, Alao-Akala’s unshaken commitment and dedication to the ideals of the APC in Oyo state and at the national level and urge his teeming supporters to remain steadfast and resolute in their belief in him, as the journey towards 2019 begins in earnest.”
The report said there had been speculations that Alao-Akala was planning to leave the APC after he and other aspirants held two separate meetings with Governor Abiola Ajimobi.
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The report had claimed that Alao-Akala was not comfortable with the body language of Ajimobi and thus wanted to achieve his ambition through the Africa Democratic Congress (ADC).
Legit.ng earlier reported that former governor of Plateau state and presidential aspirants on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Jonah Jang, said his party cannot ask him to step down for some other presidential aspirants.
Jang made the statement after an announcement by the PDP Board of Trustees (BOT) of the party's decision to reduce the number of its presidential aspirants.