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Breaking News: Alao-Akala Shuns Oyo PDP, Tells Makinde To Join APC

The All Progressive Congress APC governorship hopeful in Oyo State, Otunba Adebayo Alao-Akala has rejected the offer to return to the People’s Democratic Party, PDP as leader of the party in the state.

World Street Journal on Tuesday reported the exit of Chief Rashidi Ladoja from PDP to pitch tenet with ADC led by former president, Olusegun Obasanjo due to some irreconcilable differences with the financier of the party in Oyo State, Engr Oluseyi Makinde over the control of the party machinery in the state.

In a quest to get a capable replacement for Ladoja as the arrowhead of the party in the state, WSJ reliably gathered that Makinde and another chieftain of the party, Alhaji Bisi Olopoeniyan on Wednesday paid a visit to the Bodija residence of Alao Akala in Ibadan to lure him back to PDP.

It was however, gathered that the Ogbomosho- born former governor of the state expressed gratitude to the leadership of the opposition party in the state for the confidence reposed in him. It was learnt that Akala explicitly told his guests that he was not prepared to leave APC for any other party. He was said to have made it clear to Makinde and Olopoeniyan that he enjoyed a peaceful and harmonious relationship with the leadership of his party at all levels, hence he has no reason to dump the party for PDP.

Akala however, expressed his unflinching commitment to APC at both the state and national levels as he thanked his guests for the gesture extended to him by the leadership of PDP and the confidence reposed in him at the various levels.

He however, urged them to join him in APC, stressing that there would be a level playing field for all to operate politically.


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Otunba Sayo Akintola is a 1992 graduate of Linguistics from the University of Ibadan, Oyo State. He holds a post-graduate diploma in Financial Management and MBA from Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi. He started his 12-year sojourn in journalism at the Nigerian Tribune in 1993 as Business and Economy reporter. He rose through the ranks to become the Group Business Editor of the nation’s oldest surviving private national newspaper, the Nigerian Tribune before he left to join the Bureau of Public Enterprises BPE, Abuja in 2005 as Head, Media Relations. At the BPE, Sayo coordinated both local and international media for the Bureau’s events and activities. He led a group of Nigerian journalists to the transfer ceremony of West African Refineries Limited in which Nigeria had controlling shares in Sierra Leone to its buyer in 2006 under the privatisation programme of the Nigerian government. He was Accounts Manager (Client Service) at The Quadrant Company, Nigeria’s leading Public Relations outfit, between 2006 and 2007 where he managed Celtel, (now Airtel), LG Electronics and DHL amongst others. He led a team of twenty IT/Telecom Editors of Nigeria’s leading newspapers and magazines to Tanzania in 2006 as part of the migration process of Celtel from Vmobile. In 2007, Sayo left for IMS Advertising Limited as General Manager, Reputation Management in a quest for robust integrated marketing communication expertise. The clientele included Nigerian Breweries Plc, Multi-links, Evan Medicals, Dorman Long and BGL amongst many others. He left in 2012 to set up Octopus Communication, an integrated marketing communication outfit, acting as PR consultant for IMS Advertising, Gilt-edge Advertising and others. He set up World Street Journal magazine in 2018.

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