There Was Only One State Congress To The Best Of My Knowledge, Ladoja
Based on speculations that a leader of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP in Oyo State will be leaving the party for another, a gubernatorial aspirant has pleaded with him to remain in the party.
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The Oyo State Party leader, Rashidi Ladoja had threatened to leave following factions arising from the Oyo PDP which led the party to hold two congresses in the same state.
However, all these issues led one Seyi Makinde who is one of the gubernatorial aspirants of the party in the state to plead with Ladoja not to defect.
According to Ladoja, “There was only one state congress held as far as I am concerned and Alhaji Kunmi Mustapha emerged as the chairman. The issue of the state executive being shared 14 and 12 (between two factions of the party) does not even arise at all. There is and there will be nothing like that.”
“It was impunity that drove us from the PDP and if they allow the impunity to return, we will leave the party for them. Wherever there is impunity, you will not find me there,” he said during the programme.”
Dotun Oyelade however signed a statement on behalf of the gubernatorial candidate, Seyi Makinde stating that, “I am privileged to be referred to as one of your political sons and which you confirmed on the radio programme two days ago.”
“Therefore as a true son of a valiant father, I hereby humbly but strongly appeal to you not to contemplate leaving the house that we are jointly trying to roof, just before the rainy season.”
“Such a decision, coming from a tested leader will leave the people confused as majority of party members and indeed the masses in the state are already excited about the prospect of genuine regime change that will fulfill its electoral promises and respect institutions and elders.”
“The issue of harmonisation of party executives which is being blown out of proportion appears to be the most realistic arrangement to actualise our objective because political expediency narratives are determined by circumstances on the ground.”
“It became imperative for the National Working Committee to ensure an all- inclusive state executive is put in place to avoid going to war with a divided army. Like others, who desire positive change via the PDP under your leadership in the state, I strongly believe no single tendency can do it all alone,” he added.
Makinde however revealed that the imposition of candidates and executives in the party has led to the chaos happening in the party.
He also added that the act was what almost tore the party apart in 2015.