PDP Is My Home, Defecting Former Governor Says
Former Oyo governor, Rasheed Ladoja, is one of the persons that have been linked to possible return to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
On Thursday, the rumour became real - Ladoja has returned to the PDP.
He had left the party for Accord Party to contest the state’s governorship seat in the 2015 general elections, which he lost.
Ladoja and Mr Seyi Makinde, a chieftain of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) in the state, announced their return to the PDP on Thursday in Ibadan, when Senator Ahmed Makarfi, Chairman of the PDP National Caretaker Committee, visited the Oyo capital.
Their return to the opposition must be one of the reasons Makarfi was in Oyo State.
The former governor, who won the seat on the ticket of the PDP in 2011, said he was returning to his home, adding that it was not his wish to leave the PDP when he did.
“When I left the PDP some years ago. It was because of the injustice done to me.
“We left because the PDP leaders, at that time, were not ready to protect the interest of all members.
“We are back now because the new leadership has promised to right all wrongs and avoid mistakes of the past.
“I have discussed with members of the Accord party and they have asked for amnesty. We need assurance from Makarfi that Accord Party members will be given equal treatment and a level playing ground,” Ladoja stated
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In his response, Makarfi said that he came to Ladoja to take him back to where he belongs – the PDP.
“We want you to return to your great beginning. We want to start all over again as one family,” he said.
Makarfi expressed optimism that Ladoja’s presence would add value to the PDP in Oyo State, adding that he (Ladoja) had committed no crime to warrant a plea for amnesty.
He implored PDP members to forget the past and work toward party unity, and assured Ladoja and new PDP members of equal opportunity for all.
Makinde also assured Makarfi of his group’s total support to the ideals of the PDP, urging him to protect the interest of his members.