Former governor of Oyo State, Otunba Alao-Akala, had a long chat with Vanguard. He spoke about what he’s been doing since the 2011 elections, his plans for 2015, the PDP, ACN, Ladoja and the Nigerian government. Akala claimed he is contesting back for the governorship seat because the people of Oyo want him back.
Excerpts from interview below
It has been close to four years you left office. How has it been since then?
I have been there, enjoying my privacy and resting. You know the office of the governor calls for mental alertness and, when you are mentally alert, then you know that you hardly can sleep. It is a 24- hour job. Since then, I have been enjoying my primacy, freedom and, most importantly, resting.
The PDP, shortly after it won the Ekiti election, said it was going to claim another victory in Osun. Having lost the Osun election now, what is the post mortem?
I hope you know we are already in court, contesting the election, so I would not want to talk much about it. However, what is certain is that the opposition party is more pronounced on the pages of newspapers than doing the real work of governance. The APC governs on the front pages of newspapers. They are propagandists.
They like propaganda. They talk more than they work and people have realized that now. You know we people in Oyo State are quite exposed, because we are highly educated and so, because of that, it is now even more difficult, unlike before, to throw any garbage at them and they accept it. The people are wiser now. They won’t vote for just anybody again and it is obvious now that if it was PDP, the party would have made a lot of difference in their lives. SEE MORE ON PAGE2