Former governor Rashidi Ladoja of Oyo State will officially announce his defection from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, before the end of this month.
Ladoja, Insight Oyo gathered, is angry with the harmonisation of the PDP Excos in the state.
The harmonised Excos were inaugurated on Monday at the party’s Wadata, Abuja, national secretariat.
Insight Oyo learnt that some of Ladoja’s supporters were exchanged for another persons in the harmonised list.
Wasii Emiola, who is Ladoja’s nominee as secretary was replaced with Wasiu Adeleke, who was nominated by Engr Seyi Makinde.
The party had held parallel congress last year, an action which factionalised the party in the state.
The Ibadan High Chief, who is billed to arrived from Cotonou tonight, is expected to preside over an enlarged stakeholders’ meeting at his Ondo Street, Bodija residence tomorrow.
After the meeting, sources told Insight Oyo, Ladoja would be meet some selected leaders of the breakaway faction of the state chapter of All Progressives Congress, APC, Unity Forum, on how to ‘align’ ahead of the 2019 elections.
Insight Oyo had reported exclusively how Unity Forum faction was formed from APC due to alleged marginalisation by Governor Abiola Ajimobi and his loyalists.
Ladoja, who is believed to be rooting for the candidacy of Sen. Olufemi Lanlehin and Barr. Sharafadeen Alli, dumped Accord for PDP last year.
Efforts to get reaction of his supporters proved abortive as one of them said: “I am sure we are leaving but I don’t want to talk until after tomorrow‘s stakeholders’ meeting.”
It was learnt that Ladoja was disturbed by the action of the state chairman of the party, Alhaji Omokunmi Mustapha and more than 20 out of the 33 chairmen of the state across local government areas in the state.
Insight Oyo learnt that it was agreed that Mustapha and other loyalists of Ladoja and Oloye Jumoke Akinjide to shun the Abuja inauguration. They were said to be shocked when they saw pitures of the old man, together with some chairmen of the party in Abuja.
While some of his loyalists suggested court action, some said it would be too late especially as the 2019 elections are around the corner.