Ademola Babalola in Ibadan
The immediate past Deputy Chief Whip of the Senate and a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Oyo State, Hosea Ayoola Agboola, on Monday said a former state Governor, Senator Rashidi Ladoja, was playing God with his threat to leave the party should the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party carry out the proposed harmonisation of the state executive to assuage the perceived lopsidedness in the executive.
Ayoola, who was the only PDP senator from the Southwest between 2011 and 2015 while fielding questions from a Yoruba current affairs programme on Splash FM in Ibadan, said only God grants power to whoever He wishes.
The ex-lawmaker who had for a better part of the one-hour interview feigned ignorance of the crisis in the state PDP became enraged when an interview clip earlier granted by Ladoja was played to his hearing that people like him had no strong following in the party, said: “I am surprised that he said what I just heard from this clip.”
Agboola, popularly called Alleluyah among politicians, delved into biblical passage, saying: “Have confidence in your leaders and submit to their authority because they keep watch over you as those who must give an account. Do this so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no benefit to you (Hebrews 13:17),” adding that only God enthrones leaders and without Ladoja, “who says the party cannot win the 2019 election?”
He recalled that in 2007, Ladoja who was an incumbent governor sponsored a governorship candidate against Adebayo Alao Akala of PDP but the latter won against his ‘preferred choice’, stressing that also, “in 2011, he contested again, this time, against his sponsored candidate, but God who enthrones leaders made Abiola Ajimobi Governor against Ladoja’s wish.
“In 2015 election, a number of PDP chieftains ditched the PDP and worked for Ladoja and his Accord Party but they all lost to the incumbent governor. What we are saying is that we need to harmonise the state party executive to give room for level playing field for all the aspirants. The threat to leave the party won’t do anybody any good, but with God, nothing is impossible.”
He had earlier defended the monthly allowance and salaries of federal lawmakers, saying it has always been like that since the first republic.
Agboola added that though with lots of variations from what the former lawmakers, including the seventh assembly he was part of received, he nevertheless maintained that from councillors in the legislative arm of the local councils to state Houses of Assembly members, allowances and running costs of lawmakers have always been there and would continue to be so.