A one-time governor of Oyo State, Otunba Christopher Adebayo Alao-Akala has vowed never to retire from politics.
Akala, who was a guest on a popular programme aired on Lagelu 96.7 FM Radio and monitored by PMParrot on Saturday, however, gave his reasons for saying this.
According to the astute politician, “our great Leader, late Chief Obafemi Awolowo never retired from politics till he died. You see, if I should announce my retirement from politics, the ambitions of several vibrant young men to attain the greatest heights in politics will be killed.
“There are so many young ones out there who want my support as a politician. They are praying to God to send me to them so that they can be lifted up. So, I will say it here that I will not retire from politics.”
When asked to speak about why the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) lost the last gubernatorial election to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Oyo State, Akala declined to directly address the issues involved.
His words “We all know what happened. As an elder of APC in Oyo State, I am not supposed to discuss this on air. If I must discuss it, it will be within party meetings.
“Anyway, we are working hard to reorganize the party. This is all the reason why the newly elected governor, Engr Seyi Makinde must work hard. The expectations of the people are very intimidating. And I must say here that our people in the state are wiser now. Their eyes are more focused and sharper. They are more enlightened. Any elected official who fails to perform will pay dearly. There is no short cut again. You must either perform or get voted out.”
On the issue of the payment of the recently approved N30,000 minimum wage, Akala advised Engr Makinde to watch before he leaps.
He said “Makinde cannot pay if he does not have the money. My advice to him is that he should hold a meeting with the leaders of the workers in the state. He should let them know the financial standing of the state. Fortunately, nothing can be hidden, the workers know all the sources of income of the government of Oyo State. So, they too will see. All Makinde needs to do is open a very transparent communication platform and he will not have it rough with worker on the issue of the new minimum wage. I am sure he will want to do his best for the workers and the people of the state.
Akala also used the opportunity to advice the incoming governor of the state to ‘take over’ the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) saying that Oyo and Osun States cannot continue to run the institution.
His words, “One day, the joint ownership will be terminated. Why not do it now? I almost got the separation concluded when I was the governor of Oyo State.”
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