OYO PDP CRISIS: LADOJA, BALOGUN, OTHERS SLAM PARTY’S SECRETARIAT
Former Governor of Oyo State, Senator Rashidi Ladoja, Senator Lekan Balogun and other chieftains of a faction in the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, have expressed their displeasure at the alleged sluggish way the national secretariat of the party is handling the crisis in the state, threatening to quit the party if the crisis is not addressed urgently.
Balogun, Ladoja, Alhaji Yekini Adeojo, Elder Wole Oyelese, and others have been at loggerheads with Governor Adebayo Alao-Akala over alleged monopoly of the party in the state.
While speaking at different occasions, the former governor and Balogun stated without equivocation that “the PDP National Headquarters knows what is right but failed to act accordingly, for the fear of stepping on the toes of the party’s Chairman, Board of Trustees, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, to the detriment of the party in the South West Zone.”
Though they denied leaving the party as being speculated, they said however, “we may not leave PDP and we may leave PDP. But that has not happened. We are only talking with like minds in other parties particularly the ACN.
The truth of the matter is that the PDP National Headquarters is guilty. They have been wobbling in the past three years. They would meet, we would present our case, the other group present their own, they would give impression to the effect that we are right and the other group is wrong. But they won’t announce to the world their verdict. They are guilty of wobbling”.
“I have got to a point where I would ask myself – does this party deserve my membership? If you belong to a political party, you must be able to show evidence of obedience to the Rule of Law. If they move fast enough, they will rescue the party in Oyo.
If they don’t, we will take our stake away from the PDP. If they continue to manifest their disrespect for the Rule of Law, we will take our stake away from that kind of party.”
On his part, Ladoja said, “If the PDP National Headquarters is not serious enough in resolving the crisis, we may consider the option of going to another party to actualize our dreams in the 2011 general elections. If the PDP does not know really how they are going to manage their affairs, it is not for us here to do it for them. We can only advise them.”