Labour Party, LP, has said that there was nothing strange in former governor of Oyo State, Adebayo Alao Akala clinching its gubernatorial ticket in Oyo State since the party is the natural constituency of grassroots politicians.
LP National Secretary, Barr Kayode Ajulo, in a statement over the weekend recalled how Alao-Akala, during his tenure between 2007 and 2011, carried along workers in the various unions at a time when other governors in states controlled by supposedly progressive party placed embargo on employment and were not ready to implement minimum wage.
He said: “It is just a matter of water eventually finding its level. The issues must be put in correct perspective. It is not enough to limit ourselves to mere tooth picking analysis or fixated social media opinion.
“When we take the case of Alao-Akala, for instance, it will be recalled that during his tenure as governor of Oyo State, he carried along the workers in the various unions, including the National Union of Road Transport Workers, NURTW, teachers, market women, civil societies, among others. While other governors in states controlled by supposedly progressive and pro-people party placed embargo on employment and were not ready to implement minimum wage, Alao-Akala employed more workers and did not denigrate the position of the working class.”
He said that Alao-Akala did not just get LP ticket in Oyo State on a platter of gold or for the asking and it was not also a matter giving the ticket to the highest bidder, but that Alao-Akala worked his way rigorously and painstakingly up the ladder, adding that he got the support of all other aspirants for the ticket.
Saying that it is not surprising that politicians leaving other parties are coming to LP, Ajulo added that LP is a party with potentials, describing it as “the natural constituency of many grassroots politicians and they have merely strayed to those other larger, winning parties, which can use all sorts of gimmicks to entice them. It is therefore only natural for them to want to come back home when reality dawns on them.”