Former Gov. Adebayo Alao-Akala of Oyo state, says the All Progressives Congress (APC) will reclaim the state from the ruling party, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in 2023.
The former governor made the disclosure on Thursday, while addressing other party faithful shortly after revalidating his membership of the APC at Sabo/Taara Ward 10, Olukotun Compound in Ogbomoso North Local Government Area of Oyo state.
Alao-Akala, who is also the Chairman, APC Elders Advisory Council in the state, was accompanied by his wife, Kemi, and other family members.
Alao-Akala described the ongoing membership registration and revalidation exercise as impressive with the huge turnout witnessed within the first two days of commencement of the programme.
“Your unprecedented turnout for this membership registration and re-validation exercise tells a lot about your readiness and willingness to stand with the party come rain, come shine.
“You have willingly come out to identify with the APC without any form of inducement or coercion.
“This is a pointer to the fact that our great party, the APC, is acceptable across all divides,” he said.
The former governor said that the party was more formidable and strengthened to reclaim Oyo come 2023.
He said that a lot of people would be joining the party in a couple of days, urging members to welcome them with open hand.
“Let me now shock you, all things being equal and without mincing words, APC will be in power in Oyo state in 2023 and beyond.
“I won’t go into details, but I tell you, we are putting finishing touches to the process to make it a reality.
“In the next couple of days, you will see new faces and new movements amongst us, welcome them with open hands, make them comfortable, it is part of the process.
“Don’t fight anybody, let the process go on smoothly, don’t feel intimidated by their coming,” he said.
Alao-Akala said that the PDP does not appreciate being in power, saying a reasonable number of their members are coming to register in the APC.
“You know in APC, we operate an all encompassing and open door policy.
“And being the ruling party at the national level, Oyo is supposed to be under the control of APC and this will soon become a reality,” he assured.