By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
The prolonged factional crisis rocking the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Oyo State took a new twist on Wednesday as the former Deputy Senate Deputy Chief Whip and leader of the party in the state, Senator Hosea Ayoola Agboola resigned his membership of the party.
New Nigerian reliably gathered that Senator Agboola’s resignation from the PDP was as a result of the Tuesday’s meeting of the party’s leadership in the house of a former governor of the state, Senator Rashidi Ladoja.
Announcing his resignation as s PDP member, Senator Agboola declared that with the visit by the PDP leadership to Senator Ladoja’s house, it was glaring that ” the party has finally handed the fate of Oyo PDP in Ladoja’s hand.”.
” Here is somebody whose leadership style will finally sink the boat of the party. Why do they think we were praying for harmonization? It is basically to give room for true reconciliation of all factions, following the parallel Congress of last year. And before now, we have made it clear that anything short of true reconciliation, we won’t welcome it.” he said.
Senator Agboola added “I am taken aback by such visit which was largely one sided. And it has shown us that the party does not want the PDP to win this state in 2019. The National Working Committee should count some of us out on this latest development which would certainly boomerang in the loss of the coming election.”
“For the party to now say that somebody whose anti-party activities are legendary should be the alfa and omega of the party we all toiled to grow to this level, it leaves a sour taste in the mouth. Here was Ladoja who in 2007 sponsored a candidate in All Nigerian Peoples Party (ANPP) against the PDP gubernatorial candidate which the PDP won. Again in 2011, he left PDP to join Accord and contested but lost.”
The former Senate Deputy Chief Whip stressed “if one may ask, where are these two parties; the ANPP and Accord today in this state? The PDP will certainly go into extinction in Ladoja’s hand unless the National Working Committee (NWC) wades in before it is too late to reconcile and harmonise the executive, and until that is done, I am leaving the party for them. I assure my supporters statewide and more importantly Oyo North senatorial district to await further directives.”
Senator Agboola who confirmed that he was invited to the meeting but refused to attend said “I was invited but I made it clear to them that I won’t attend any meeting in Ladoja’s house”.
” Can’t we meet at the state party Secretariat? Many of PDP chieftains had left the party because of Ladoja’s style of leadership. I was invited but I made it clear to them that I won’t attend any meeting called outside the party Secretariat, I will never attend meeting in Ladoja’s house. Thank God, it is less than a year now to the next general election, we will all see the results,”
It was learnt that the Tuesday’s meeting at Senator Ladoja’s house was attended by the Oyo State PDP Chairman, Alhaji Kunmi Mustapha; Senator Hamzat Ayo Adeseun; Senator Olufemi Lanlehin; Senator Kamorudeen Adedubu; Hon. Muraina Ajibola; Sharafadeen Abiodun Alli; Bayo Lawal; Dr. Saka Balogun; Dr. Nureni Aderemi Adeniran; Hon. Bimbo Adepoju; Mukeso Destiny; and Alhaji Emiola Wasii among other leaders.
Engr. Seyi Makinde was said to be absent due to an official commitment in the United States of America.
Others included the Deputy National Chairman of the party, Elder Yemi Akinwonmi; the Zonal Chairman, Dr. Eddy Olafeso; Lagos State PDP Chairman, Hon. Moshood Adegoke Salvador; Rev. Bunmi Jenyo, Zonal Secretary (South West); Arewa Nike, Ex-Officio (South West);