By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Fresh political tsunami is now imminent in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Oyo State as indications have emerged from the Exco crisis that the former Governor of the state, High Chief Senator Rashidi Ladoja, is set to dump the party.
New Nigerian learnt from sources close to the High Chief Ladoja faction of PDP that the PDP leader and his supporters may any moment from now moved to one of the prominent registered political parties said to be enjoying minimum popularity in Oyo State.
According to our sources, towards ensuring a speedy movement, a committee saddled with shopping for a new party has been set up by the faction and that the committee was raised last week after a meeting between High Chief Ladoja and his loyalists held at his Bodija residence in Ibadan.
Our sources disclosed that the planned dumping of PDP by High Chief Ladoja and his supporters might not be unconnected with the purported determination of the National Working Committee of the party “to tinker with the list” of the Oyo State party officers who were elected at a congress supervised and endorsed by the congress committee led by a former governor of Cross Rivers State, Liyel Imoke.
However while featuring on a Splash FM interview programme on Monday, High Chief Ladoja declared that he was suprised that the impunity which drove him away from the PDP in 2010 and which he was promised had become a thing of the past had surfaced again.
“It was impunity that drove us from the PDP and if they allow the impunity to return, we will leave the party for them. We brought Accord less than four months to the 2011 elections and the people of the state accepted the party. Wherever there is impunity, you will not find me there. How will some people think of going to Abuja to ask them to help to substitutes names of their preferred candidates in the list of duly elected officers? It is very wrong and we will not accept that,” he said.
” There was only one state congress held as far as I am concerned and Alhaji Kunmi Mustapha emerged as the chairman. The issue of the state executive being shared 14 and 12 does not even arise at all. There is and there will be nothing like that.”