Following the Tuesday’s meeting of the south west leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the house of former governor of Oyo State, Senator Raahidi Ladoja, a prominent member of the party in the state, Senator Hosea Ayoola Agboola Wednesday morning resigned his membership.
Senator Agboola was the only PDP Senator between 2011-2015 from the south west geo-political in the Seventh National Assembly.
The Deputy National Chairman of the party, Elder Yemi Akinwonmi; the Zonal Chairman, Dr. Eddy Olafeso; Lagos State PDP Chairman, Hon. Moshood Adegoke Salvador; Rev. Bunmi Jenyo, Zonal Secretary (South West); Arewa Nike, Ex-Officio (South West); had stormed Ladoja’s Bodija Ibadan residence to assuage the feeling of the former governor over the “much reported harmonization of the PDP state executive”.
Agboola who was in the forefront of those clamouring for the harmonization of the executive appeared worried over the Tuesday’s homage paid to Ladoja by the party’s hierarchy.
According to him, “with this visit, the party has finally handed the fate of Oyo PDP in Ladoja’s hand. Here is somebody whose leadership style will finally sink the boat of the party. Why do they think we were praying for harmonization?
“It is basically to give room for true reconciliation of all factions, following the parallel congress held last year. And before now, we have made it clear that anything short of true reconciliation, we won’t welcome it.
“I am taken aback by such visit which was largely one sided and this has shown us that the party does not want the PDP to win this state in 2019. The National Working Committee should count some of us out on this latest development which would certainly boomerang in the coming election.
“For the party to now say that somebody whose anti-party activities are legendary should be the Alfa and Omega of the party we all toiled to grow to this level, it leaves a sour taste in the mouth.
“Here was Ladoja who in 2007 sponsored a candidate in All Nigerian Peoples Party (ANPP) against the PDP gubernatorial candidate which the PDP won. Again in 2011, he left PDP to join Accord and contested but lost.
“If one may ask, where are these two parties; the ANPP and Accord today in this state? The PDP will certainly go into extinction in Ladoja’s hand unless the NWC wades in before it is too late to reconcile and harmonise the executive, and until that is done, I am leaving the party for them.
“I assured my supporters statewide and more importantly Oyo North senatorial district to await further directives”.
Asked if he was invited to the meeting, Senator Agboola said “I was invited but I made it clear to them that I won’t attend any meeting in Ladoja’s house. Can’t we meet at the state party Secretariat? Many of PDP chieftains had left the party because of Ladoja’s style of leadership.
“I was invited but I made it clear to them that I won’t attend any meeting called outside the party Secretariat, I will never attend meeting in Ladoja’s house. Thank God, it is less than a year now to the next general election, we will all see the results”.
A report from a statement on Wednesday signed by Anthony Agbetuyi, the Personal Assistant to the PDP Deputy National Chairman (South), Elder Yemi Akinwonmi had quoted Ladoja expressing commitment to the PDP following the meeting of Tuesday
Ladoja was quoted as having said: “I want to encourage our party members and all well-wishers to remain steadfast and strong in this journey as we approach 2019 general election and deliver our people from the hand of the All Progressives Congress”.
Other leaders in attendance were the Oyo State PDP Chairman, Alhaji Kunmi Mustapha; Senator Hamzat Ayo Adeseun; Senator Olufemi Lanlehin; Senator Kamorudeen Adedubu; Hon. Muraina Ajibola; Sharafadeen Abiodun Alli; Bayo Lawal; Dr. Saka Balogun.
Others were Dr. Nureni Aderemi Adeniran; Hon. Bimbo Adepoju; Mukeso Destiny; and Alhaji Emiola Wasii among other leaders while Engr. Seyi Makinde was said to be absent due to an official commitment in the United States of America.