Ladoja, Akala re­turn to PDP

Daily Trust - - EDUCATION - By Saawua Terzungwe

Two for­mer gover­nors of Oyo State, Rasheed Ladoja and Alao Akala have re­turned to the PDP.

Ladoja and Akala, af­ter serv­ing sin­gle term each as gov­er­nor, at dif­fer­ent pe­ri­ods, dumped the PDP for the Ac­cord Party (AP) and the All Pro­gres­sives Congress (APC), re­spec­tively.

The two for­mer gover­nors were yes­ter­day rep­re­sented at a meet­ing of Oyo State PDP stake­hold­ers, sum­moned by the na­tional lead­er­ship of the party, at its sec­re­tariat in Abuja.

While Se­na­tor Femi Lan­le­hin was one of the rep­re­sen­ta­tives of Ladoja, Bio­dun Ta­judeen Ka­reem led those who rep­re­sented Akala at the meet­ing.

Ad­dress­ing the stake­hold­ers, chair­man of the PDP Na­tional Care­taker Com­mit­tee, Se­na­tor Ahmed Makarfi, said some of the stake­hold­ers ab­sent had spo­ken with him.

He, how­ever warned against “cut­ting-cor­ners” in or­der to achieve per­sonal am­bi­tions.

Makarfi also urged party lead­ers not to com­pro­mise PDP struc­tures but work to­wards en­sur­ing that the party re­claimed power in 2019.

“We are not in pol­i­tics to suf­fer but to form gov­ern­ment. PDP was the dom­i­nant party in the state but in­ter­nal cri­sis caused us to lose elec­tion,” he said.

“What I don’t want is for one party to dom­i­nate. We want a healthy, com­pet­i­tive democ­racy where peo­ple would be free to choose their lead­ers,” he added.

Makarfi also met with stake­hold­ers of the Osun State chap­ter of the party and for­mer PDP mem­bers of the Na­tional Assem­bly.

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