Former governor Adebayo Alao-Akala of Oyo State wanted one of his loyalists to be nominated to man Ogbomoso North local government, and not his son – Olamiju.
Inside Oyo gathered that Olamiju’s closeness with Governor Abiola Ajimobi got him the job.
Ajimobi had last week announced caretaker chairmen for 57 local government and local council development areas in the state, rewarding loyalists of his predecessor with 4 chairmanship slots.
It was learnt that when Ajimobi asked Alao-Akala to forward names of his nominees, the former, who had thought the latter would nominate his son, was surprised to see the name missing.
Unknown to many, Olamiju had struck a relationship with the governor. Though unsuccessfully, sources told Inside Oyo that the young man was one of those who begged his father, who had left the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to accept the senatorial ticket of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
Said the source: “How they became friend, I may be unable to narrate that. The guy is not far from the governor. From the very first day the governor met him, he developed interest in him. After the PDP crisis, which forced his father out of the PDP, Olamiju didnt want him to contest for governorship under Labour Party but to accept the senatorial ticket of the ruling APC.
“After the election, he still did not leave the governor; they were in constant touch. They meet regularly, especially in Ibadan, the state caapital,” the source added.
Alao-Akala, according to a source close to to the family, was surprised “but there was nothing he can do.”