The Former governor of Oyo State, Senator Rashidi Ladoja has perfected plans to abandon the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the African Democratic Congress (ADC).
Vanguard quoted a former minister and chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party as saying that Ladoja’s choice to defect to ADC was not unconnected with alleged plans to force Engineer Seyi Makinde as the next Oyo State PDP governorship candidate in the 2019 general elections.
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Ladoja is also said to be worried about what our Vanguard’s source described as the lack of internal democracy within the administration of the affairs of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) by the Oyo state chapter.
The source stated, “He (Ladoja) will leave the PDP in the next 4 or 5 days. He’s not comfortable 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 rationale for his anger is that whoever emerges as the governorship candidate must go through a legitimate, democratic process however there’s a design to subvert this by ensuring that the person becomes the candidate at all cost.
“Another fear for him is that the PDP is running short of internal democracy and this could be very dangerous for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Oyo State. A party that’s coming to an electoral contest from the position of weakness must know that only by adhering strictly to the principles of the game would it stand a chance of victory,” he stated.
On Ladoja’s potential destination, the erstwhile Minister mentioned the ex-federal lawmaker is not going to join the All Progressives Congress (APC) for “obvious reasons,” adding that he has his thoughts up on his next move.
Pressed to disclose where the ex-governor is headed, he mentioned, “He’s very more 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.”
Ladoja would be a big loss to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), given his power of mobilization particularly at the grassroots level.