Former Oyo state governor Adebayo Alao-Akala

A Gubernatorial candidate of the Action Democratic Party (ADP), Adebayo Alao-Akala, has announced Prof. Abideen Olaiya as his running mate ahead of the 2019 general elections.

In a statement on Friday, the former Oyo governor said he arrived at this decision after due consultations with party stalwarts and key stakeholders of the ADP, who nominated the renowned scholar.

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Olaiya holds Ph.D in Agronomy from the University of Ibadan and lectures at the Federal University of Agriculture, (FUNAM), Abeokuta.

The statement read in part: “Professor Olaiya has made significant contributions in the fields of scholarship and human capital development and is also well known in religious circle as a devout Muslim and a God fearing person, who through this trait made him a leader in various capacities in the the Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria where he served for over a period spanning about 3 decades and held sway as a role model and a source of inspiration to the teeming members.

“Professor Olaiya’s foray into politics dated back to 1995 under the platform of GDM and was eventually elected as Member of the House of Representative in 1998 to represent lbadan South East and North East.

“Ever since he joined politics, he has been passionate and actively involved in programs and activities aimed at improving the welfare of the people in his immediate environment and beyond.

“A devout Muslim, he is an ardent promoter of justice, fair play, morality, and good governance.

“He is also a member of numerous academic and socio-political organizations and has to his credit several academic publications.”