13 February 2013

Nigeria: Gang Up Against PDP Will Fail, Says Ex-Oyo Gov

The former Governor of Oyo State, Chief Adebayo Alao-Akala, said on Wednesday in Ibadan that the gang up against the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) would fail.

Alao-Akala, who said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) while reacting to speculations that he was set to dump the PDP, noted that All Progressives Congress (APC) was made up of strange bedfellows.

He denied rumour of his intention to defect from the PDP and expressed his determination to remain in the party in spite of the challenges.

"I can never leave PDP. I am in PDP and I will be in PDP. I heard that some people were speculating that I am going to another party. How can I leave a big mansion and go to a boys' quarters? Any other party in Nigeria is a boy's quarters."

He said the PDP remained a big party with diverse interests, adding that the "gang up" against the PDP by opposition parties in the form of a merger would fail.

"Because the party is big, some people are even ganging up to fight it and with the gang up too, they cannot get it right because they are not birds of the same feather. Circumstances brought them together yet they will still fight.

"If those of us who have common interests are fighting, why won't those who do not have a common interest fight? So, let's see what will come out of that. They are ganging up because they know that we are Iroko."

He described those who defected from the PDP as " political jobbers," adding that they would not add value to their new parties.

"If you ask the parties they went to about their impact, they will tell you they have not felt their impact.

"The parties they went to will also be careful in dealing with them because they will repeat what they did where they are coming from. They won't allow them to have access to their secrets and strategies."

Alao-Akala urged members of the party in the state to be steadfast and to refrain from engaging in wild speculations. (NAN)

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