Former governor of Oyo State, Senator Rashidi Ladoja has perfected plans to quit the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the African Democratic Congress (ADC).
A chieftain of the PDP as saying that that Ladoja’s decision to defect to ADC was not unconnected with alleged plans to impose Engineer Seyi Makinde as the Oyo State PDP governorship candidate in the 2019 general elections.
The former governor is also said to be worried about what our source described as the lack of internal democracy in the management of the affairs of the party by the Oyo state chapter.
The source said, “He (Ladoja) will leave the party in the next four or five days. He is not happy that a governorship aspirant is about to be imposed on the people of Oyo. In 2015, this candidate ran but was not successful.
“I believe the reason for his anger is that whoever emerges as the governorship candidate must pass through a legitimate, democratic process but there is a design to subvert this by ensuring that the person becomes the candidate at all cost.
“Another worry for him is that the party is running short of internal democracy and this would be very dangerous for the PDP in Oyo State. A party that is coming to an electoral contest from the position of weakness needs to know that only by adhering strictly to the rules of the game would it stand a chance of victory,” he said.
On Ladoja’s possible destination, the erstwhile Minister said the ex- governor will not join the All Progressives Congress (APC) for “obvious reasons,” adding that he has his mind up on his next move. Pressed to reveal where the ex-federal lawmaker is headed, he said, “He’s very likely to join the ADC. Stalwarts of that party have been reaching out to him in recent times and I believe they now have their man.”
Sources close to the Ibadan High Chief turned political juggernaut confided in World Street Journal that PDP stalwarts like former Secretary to the State Government Barr. Sarafadeen Alli, and Senator Olufemi Lanlehin are also expected to join ADC.
It was further learnt that Ladoja had a meeting last week with 16 out of the 32 Oyo State House of Assembly members in his house along Ondo Street, Bodija, Ibadan. The affected members of the Assembly, it was learnt have perfected plan to decamp to ADC along with Ladoja. The distraught politician had been nocturnal meetings with leaders of the breakaway faction of the APC, the Unity Forum like Dr Busari Adebisi and ADC national Coordinator, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola.
It was gathered that trouble started recently when the PDP NWC came up with a recommendation replacing Ladoja’s loyalists with those of Makinde in the process of harmonization.
WSJ however, gathered that palpable fear now pervades the PDP family in Oyo Sate as many members believe that the exit of Ladoja from the party might signal the natural death of the leading opposition party in the state. It was however, quiet jubilation galore in the camp of Makinde where his loyalists see the possible exit of Ladoja from PDP as the beginning of a sustainable peace in the party.