Ladoja de­clares for ZLP, says ADC rud­der­less

The Punch - - POLITICS TODAY - Ade­mola Ba­balola, Ibadan

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.

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