Ladoja declares for ZLP, says ADC rudderless
Aformer Oyo state Governor, Rashidi Ladoja, on Thursday announced his defection to the Zenith Labour Party from the African Democratic Congress.
Justifying his decision at a press conference in Ibadan, the state capital, Ladoja said his former party was “rudderless and operating under invisible leaders.”
The former governor also presented the ZLP’S governorship candidate in the state, sharafadeen Alli, at the press conference.
He said while he and a former secretary to the state Government, Chief Michael Koleoso, were believed to be the leaders of the ADC in the state, the party was being led by invisible leaders.
He said he discovered that the impunity that made him to leave the Peoples Democratic Party was also in the ADC.
He cited the example of the ADC governorship candidate, Olufemi Lanlehin, who he said was not involved in the process of nominating his running mate.
He said he decided to leave because the party was not ready for the battle ahead.
Ladoja said, “I am now in Zenith Labour Party. We have been on the matter for the past three months.
“The last straw that broke the camel’s back was the choice of the running mate.
“When I got the information, I called Femi Lanlehin and he said he did not know anything about how the deputy was picked. I called Chief Koleoso and he also said he was not consulted.
“At that point, I said this cannot continue. I gave them an ultimatum and we held many meetings but they won’t bulge. It is just courtesy that if you are going to work with me, I should be involved in your things.”
Ladoja said the ZLP remained the party to beat.
“By the grace of God, we will win. You know that the candidate himself is not sleeping,” he added.