Chairman of the All Progressives Congress in Oyo State, Akin Oke, has expressed his disappointment at a former governor of the state, Adebayo Alao-Akala, for his decision to defect from the Peoples Democratic Party to the Labour Party, instead of 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.
Oke, while speaking on the development, wondered why Alao-Akala made the decision when his chances of success were brighter in the APC.
While recognising Alao-Akala as a political heavyweight in the state, Oke said although APC might not give the ex-governor its governorship ticket, he would have gotten a senatorial ticket and with bright chances 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.”
Oke added that most governors with eight-year tenures ended up in the Senate and said the APC would have given him the chance to achieve that easily.
“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.