Feb 27, 2012 – Action Congress Of Nigeria: Ladoja’s return to PDP’ll make no difference
Speculations about the return of the former Oyo State Governor Rashidi Ladoja to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) were laid to rest at the weekend, following Ladoja’s presence at the party’s elders meeting in Ibadan, the state capital. naijagists.com
After the meeting held at Chief Richard Akinjide’s home, the PDP said it would soon displace the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) administration. But the ACN State Chairman, Chief Akin Oke described PDP’s statement as an empty boast.
Oke said: “It makes no sense at all to draw the conclusion that Ladoja’s return to PDP will displace the ACN from the Government House. They have forgotten so soon that Ladoja contested against the ACN in the last general election and lost. So how can anyone say his return to PDP will be a threat to the ACN? It makes no sense.”
In a statement by its Publicity Secretary, Mr. Dauda Kolawole, ACN said the PDP’s desperation for Ladoja’s return is a tacit acknowledgement that the party lacks quality people.
The statement reads: “As much as the ACN has regard for Ladoja, the feverish devotion of the PDP to his return is tantamount to giving the glory that is due to God and the electorate to a man.
“It is the people of Oyo State and God that the ACN depends on for success in the administration of the state.
“Yes, Ladoja is a good politician, but his politics has been over-hyped and mythified by people who have soiled the name of their party by their shameful rule of Oyo State.
“Ladoja’s political fortress is his passable performance when he was the governor of our state. Governor Abiola Ajimobi has, in less than one year, performed even better than him. This is our strength; the Oyo people are our fortress.
“In any case, would Ladoja alone make up the PDP? He would be cavorting in the midst of those who killed Eleweomo in cold blood; those who are being tried by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for milking Oyo State of over N50 billion of our collective inheritance; among characters like a man who was Senate Leader and brought no single development to the state; the vestiges of Adedibu’s politics of kill and go; in short, those who constituted themselves into the cankerworm that devoured Oyo State like an invasion of locusts. We wait to see how the discerning people of our state will forget all these atrocities in a hurry.”
The meeting at Akinjide’s home was attended by Ladoja, Elder Wole Oyelese, Alhaji Yekini Adeojo, Alhaji Hazeem Gbolarumi, General Raji Rasaki (rtd), Alhaji Nureni Akanbi, Dr. Dejo Raimi, Dr. Saka Balogun, Chief Dejo Olaniyan, Chief Layiwola Olakojo, Chief Adigun Irawo, Chief Jacob Adetoro, Dr. Omololu Olunloyo, Chief Bayo Lawal, Mr. Adeolu Adeleke and Alhaji Taofeek Arapaja.