6th November, 2014
Dr Babalola Owolabi, a PDP governorship aspirant in Oyo State, said that the crisis trailing the party’s ward congresses on Saturday would be resolved peacefully.
Owolabi, a former Commissioner for Health in ex-Governor Adebayo Alao-Akala regime, said this while declaring his intention to run for the office in 2015 general elections.
“PDP has the machinery to resolve the crisis that followed the ward congress held in the state last Saturday,” he said.
The Oyo PDP Ward Congress witnessed pockets of irregularities, prompting some aspirants to call for its cancellation.
Owolabi said he decided to run for the office, to contribute his quota to the social, economic and infrastructure development in the state.
He said that once the crisis is resolved he would abide by the party’s decision.
Responding to reasons he was running against his former boss, Alao-Akala, the former commissioner said that he had the inalienable right to aspire to any position because the fundamental human rights guaranteed him to do so.
“It is true that Alao-Akala was my boss as the former Chief Executive of the state, but fundamental human rights guarantees everybody to aspire to the position of management of the common resources of this state,” he said.
He, however, said that eventhough intellect was not the monopoly of any person, Akala should not be treated as a party elder, but be allowed to run too.
NAN reports that he would run against other aspirants mainly Prof. Soji Adejumo, Prof. Taoheed Adedoja, Femi Babalola, Hazeem Gbolarunmi and Taofeek Arapaja.