An aide to former governor Adebayo Alao-Akala of Oyo State, Oludare Ogunlana has described as untrue the rumour that his principal collapsed and was rushed to the hospital, where he later kicked the bucket.
Ogunlana Director of Public Affairs to the Labour Party, LP, gubernatorial candidate was reacting to an online publication which carried the ‘fabricated lies’ he described as one of the miserable antics of the All Progressives Congress, (APC), led administration to hold on to power beyond this year.
An on-line news blog had reported that the Labour Party governorship candidate in Oyo state collapsed in the early hours of Wednesday and was rushed to the hospital, a development said to have delayed the National Executive Council meeting of LP for some hours.
He in a statement made available to The Street Journal said the website (https://crownbam.wordpress.com/), which carried the report was linked to the campaign structure of the State Governor, Sen. Abiola Ajimobi of the APC who is seeking re-election.
Ogunlana said, “A death wish for Chief Alao-Akala at this point by his arch opponents is a reflection of their horrible state of mind, while portraying them also as desperados”.
He denied insinuation that his boss was battling with an “undisclosed ailment”
Ogunlana said it was rather the state governor who is suspected to be battling with ailments since he had made repeated trips abroad to seek medical help.
According to him, “We deliberately kept mute and refused to make comment on the foreign medical trips which the Governor has embarked upon since the last couple of weeks for some salient reasons”.
His words: “Lies and deceits are the stock in trade of the APC. More than before, the people know that the APC led administration in this State has failed. It is when all efforts to downplay the soaring popularity of Chief Alao-Akala failed that the “drowning APC administration resorted to cheap blackmail”.
People of Oyo State know who is battling with a prostate cancer to the extent that the tax-payers money was invested on private cancer testing center under the guise of medical NGO. Whereas, the State own government hospitals were neglected and ill equipped.
He challenged the publisher of the new medium (CrownNews) to come out openly if the news was true, adding that “why didn’t other journalists who were at the venue get the news? The Nigerian Guild of Editors should look into the issue of unregistered news media who spread lies in order to please certain political interest for pecuniary gains.
He, therefore, advised the people not to be swayed by the antics of those against the aspiration of the former governor, saying that “Alao-Akala can never be compared with the incumbent one because while Akala performed and had human feelings, the incumbent has elevated the sufferings of the people”.