Former governor of Oyo State, Otunba Christopher Adebayo Alao-Akala has described those opposing him as leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Oyo State as political neophytes and non-starters.
Since the death of the former governor, Abiola Ajimobi, some party chieftains have consistently faulted the emergence of Alao-Akala as the APC reconciliation committee in Oyo State. They described him as a relatively new member of the party.
The former Governor while reacting to the criticism against him, said that those purveying the news are political neophytes and non-startera.
In his words, “I have read and heard comments by some politicians about the leadership of the party, after the untimely death of former Governor Abiola Ajimobi, and I am not ready to join issues with them because they lack the political experience and exposure to understand that people command leadership and not demand it.
“The purveyors of the rumour, to say the least, are political neophytes and non-starters. I have not told nor begged anybody that I want to lead the party. The leadership of the party would emerge naturally.
“Those people are just privileged because they joined the party before me, not because they know what leadership is all about.
“By the special grace of God, I have been whatever I had prayed to be in this state. I have paid my dues as a politician of note. Those running their mouths on party leadership are non-starters.
“What is uppermost in my mind now is to take the party out of the woods by making sure that peace and genuine reconciliation is achieved in the party ahead of future elections.”