Why I’ll Never Relate With Ajimobi Again – Niyi Akintola

A Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Chief Adeniyi Akintola has ruled out further relationship with a former governor Abiola Ajimobi following the fallout of the 2019 general elections.

Akintola, in an interview with ThePUNCH, had told the reporter who sought to know if there could be room for a reconciliation to spare him of such a needless venture.

Akintola, a former deputy speaker of the Oyo State House of Assembly, was one of the governorship aspirants who were persuaded to step down for Oloye Bayo Adelabu in the October 1, 2018 governorship primaries of the APC in the state.

Disclosing that he no longer speak with for Ajimobi, he explained that “Yes, there is no basis for that. There is a level at which man should not descend no matter what. We had our relationship together. But if a man; a beneficiary of my goodwill now says “I agree that you are my benefactor but I may decide to pay you back with evil; I may under pay you and I may not even pay you at all”.

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“No. He said it to my face. And people were there including his own brother,” he added.

Asked if he was sure Ajimobi said all that, Akintola, who is the Aare Bamofin of Ibadanland, explained that “He has been telling people before then and later said it to my face. People who had been appealing to me did not know the fundamental nature of our differences. Those issues were so fundamental and there is no need for reconciling with such a person. I am not quarrelling and I am not having any issue against him but further relationship? Please spare me.”

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On the future for the APC, he said that “Our party would bounce back. Oyo people are progressives in nature. What happen is that at a stage, we took electorate for granted. We failed to understand the fact that those of us who are registered members of political parties are not up to two percent of the entire populace. And we became swollen headed and they decided to deal with us. We didn’t lose to the PDP, we lost to ourselves. It was APC against APC.

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“Those of us who understand this, know that without the support of some compatriots, we won’t be there. When some people think that they are more than the electorate, the electorate decided to teach us lesson. On the day of election, one of his commissioners called me and said some structures failed us and I asked him, “did you know that those structures exist when you are taking people for granted?”


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