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REVEALED: PDP Moves To Prevent Ladoja’s Defection As Ex-Gov Visits Obasanjo


Ahead of their defection to the newly formed African Democratic Congress, ADC, former governor Rashidi Ladoja and some selected loyalists are billed to meet former president Olusegun Obasanjo in his Abeokuta, Ogun State, home.

Ladoja fell out with Obasanjo in 2006 when some lawmakers impeached the former governor. Ladoja, however, was reinstated later.

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Over the weekend, Ladoja and his supporters, OYO INSIGHT had exclusively reported, concluded plans to leave the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP for ADC.

Ladoja and Engr Seyi Makinde has, since last November, been struggling for the soul of PDP in Oyo State.

However, the leadership of the PDP is doing everything within their power to prevent the former governor from defecting.

OYO INSIGHT recalled how the national working commmittee of the PDP, in its bid to harmonise factions within the party, replaced Wasii Emiola of Ladoja faction with Wasiu Adeleke of Makinde faction as secretary of the party in the state. The Action didn’t go well with Ladoja.

Parts of the plan, OYO INSIGHT gathered, was the reported reversal of the party’s decision. Though unconfirmed, sources told this medium that former minister Jumoke Akinjide assured Ladoja that

Ladoja is joining ADC after meeting with two former secretaries to the state government, Chief Michael Koleoso and Dr Busari Adebisi. Koleoso left Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, in 2014 while Adebisi, a member of the Unity Forum, left the All Progressives Congress, APC, last month. Both contributed to the emergence of Governor Abiola Ajimobi as candidate of the Action Congress, AC, in 2011.

Ladoja would have visited Obasanjo today but the former governor is currently a guest of Governor Seriake Dickson of  Bayelsa. He is billed to arrive Abeokuta tonight. Ladoja would travel tomorrow morning.

A source close to Ladoja disclosed that “Barring any unforeseen circumstance, “Wolu has decided to leave PDP. Throughout yesterday, PDP leaders, especially members of the NWC made frantic efforts to persuade him to stay. They even promised to reverse their decision on the Excos. It is too late. It is pure injustice. Former governor Liyel Imoke Of Cross River attended his congress and they are now saying another thing because of money.” 

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