Senator Rasheed Ladoja
By Tunde Sanni
Former council chiefs on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Oyo State have asked the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the party to dissolve and re- organise the executive committee of the party in order to accommodate all the leading lights of the party and provide space for the home-coming of the PDP founder in the state, Senator Rasheed Ladoja.
In a communiqué issue at the end of its meeting in Igboora at the weekend, the council chiefs resolved that the dissolution and reorganisation of the state executive committee was the best option left for the party if it genuinely meant business and wants to win future elections in the state with ease.
The council chiefs recalled that at present, the state executive committee of the party is unilaterally in the hands of former Senate Leader, Senator Teslim Folarin, with the collaboration of Senator Hosea Agboola and Hon. Ajibola Muraina.
The chairmen maintained that they were convinced that the former governor of the state was genuinely interested in coming back to the party and that they, as leaders at the grassroots, were determined to actualise this.
They alleged that the present constitution of the party’s executive has marginalised the immediate past Governor of Oyo State, Otunba Christopher Adebayo Alao-Akala, his deputy, Alhaji Taofeek Arapaja , the sitting Minister of State for the Federal Capital Territory, Oloye Olajumoke Akinjide and other loyal chieftains of the party.
They expressed joy on the heart warming decisions of both Senator Rasheed Ladoja and Otunba Adebayo Alao-Akala to bury the hatchet and work together in harmony, describing the development “as the best in the interest of Oyo State.”
The local government chairmen declared that the executive committee of the party as presently composed and controlled was abhorrent to growth and thus had become a big hindrance to the reconciliatory, repositioning and progressive stance of the National Chairman of the party, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur.