A former Governor of Oyo State, Otunba Adebayo Alao-Akala, has heaved a sigh of relief that he did not emerge winner of the 2015 governorship election in the state.
Mr. Alao-Akala, who sought a return to the Agodi Government House on the platform of the Labour Party, LP, said he remains thankful to God for losing the election, because had he won, he would have been at a loss as to coping with the issue of dwindling monthly federal allocation.
The former governor spoke at the national secretariat of the All Progressives Congress (APC) after meeting with the party’s national chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun and other leaders from the South-West geo-political zone.
“I said that because I pitied the governors because of what they are going through now. I wouldn’t have been able to sleep with these dwindling monthly allocations. That was the reason why I said that. I don’t know how I would have coped. It doesn’t go beyond that”, Alao-Akala said while fielding questions from journalists.
The former governor, who confirmed that he is now a bonafide member of the APC, said he was at the APC secretariat in Abuja to hold talks with the party leaders.
On his plan for the 2019 general elections, the former Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governor said, “When we get to the bridge, we shall cross it. This is just 2016. Time will tell wherever anybody wants to go. Why do you try to ask God about 2019 now? Do you know whether you will sleep tomorrow and wake up tomorrow? Let’s leave 2019 to God”.
He said despite the initial challenges by the APC-led federal government, the party would succeed.
“The change agenda has already started. It has not been the business as usual. Things have started changing. I know it’s purely for good purpose by the grace of God”, he said.
The nomadic politician, who said nobody should be threatened by his entry into the APC, pleaded with Nigerians to continue to exercise patience with the Muhammadu Buhari administration, assuring “things will soon turn around”.
According to Akala, “Change comes with time. When you want to make a change, it doesn’t happen suddenly. It has to be gradual. We have started seeing it. I know we will get there by the grace of God”.