PHOTONEWS: Tinubu, Ajimobi, Aregbesola, Akeredolu Welcome Akala, Folarin To APC

Governor Rauf Aregbesola on Saturday joined Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, Governor Abiola Ajimobi and Governor Akeredolu in Ibadan to celebrate Chief Alao Akala and others as they officially decamped to the All Progressives Congress, APC from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

Here are photos from the Grand APC Rally that attracted thousands of supporters at the Ancient Mapo Hall in Ibadan captured by Dolapo Julius.

Alao Akala, Folarin, Others To Officially Join APC Saturday

The All Progressives Congress, APC, will welcome to its fold, former governor of Oyo State, Chief Adebayo Alao-Akala; former Senate leader, Senator Teslim Folarin and former Secretary to the State Government, Chief Ayodele Adigun, on Saturday.

Also expected to join the party were Ambassador Taofeek Arapaja, Honourable Segun Odebunmi, Rauf Olaniyan, Honourable Ayoola Makanjuola, Alhaji Rasaq Gbadegesin, alongside their supporters, at a ceremony tagged “mother of all defections in the politics of Oyo State.”

Akala, who defected to the Labour Party, LP, from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in 2014, is set to join the ruling APC alongside other bigwigs in the state.

This was made known through a statement issued in Ibadan on Wednesday by the state publicity secretary of the party, Olawale Sadare and made available to newsmen.

Sadare said, “Some of the political bigwigs who had joined APC since last year and a whole lot of others just coming in would be unveiled during a rally at Mapo Hall, Ibadan, on Saturday.”

The Spokesperson added that, “with the calibre of those expected to join the party, it could be concluded that the battle over who takes over from Governor Abiola Ajimobi, would be fought and won only within APC.”

Economic Crunch: I’m Happy I Didn’t Win Guber Polls – Alao Akala; Decamps To APC

Former governor of Oyo State, Chief Adebayo Alao-Akala, on Friday, said that he pitied the present crop of state governors in the country over the state of economy.

The former governor who said that he was happy that he lost the 2015 governorship election, noted that with the current state of economy he would have lost sleep.

The former governor, who spoke with newsmen in Abuja, when he visited the national Secretariat of All Progressives Congress (APC), said that he is now a member of APC.

The former governor, who contested the last governorship election on the platform of Labour Party (LP), said: “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 I said that. I don’t know how I would have coped. It doesn’t go beyond that.”

Chief Alao-Akala however, said that, “I’m at the national headquarters of my party, maybe, you don’t know that I’m in the APC. This is just to tell you that I’m a member of the APC. So, I have come to the national headquarters of my party to have a tete-a-tete with my leaders and the national chairman of the party, including my leaders from the South-West in the party structures. That is what I have come here to do.”

To this end, he urged Nigerians to believe in the current leadership of APC, saying, there may be challenges initially but there are better days ahead.

According to him, “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. When you are just coming on board, you will have challenges here and there. But sooner or later, you will get over it.”