By Ola Ajayi
IBADAN—FORMER Governor of Oyo State, Senator Rashidi Ladoja, has said the recurring internal crises that have been threatening the survival of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, across the country would remain as long as former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo remains the Chairman of the party’s Board of Trustees.
This came as the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr. Dimeji Bankole, Weekend, held a closed door meeting with the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi in Alaafin’s palace.
Though the Speaker came purposely to congratulate the monarch on his 72nd birthday, Vanguard gathered that some salient issues in the South West were also discussed.
Calls for Obasanjo removal as BoT Chairman
According to the former governor, the only antidote to the hydra-headed crises facing PDP, is to relieve Chief Obasanjo of the position of BoT Chairman.
After this, he stressed, the crises especially in the South West would be a forgotten issue.
Senator Ladoja spoke at a rally organised by the Alhaji Yunus Akintunde-led State PDP implementation committee at Ojude Aremo area of Oyo.
While addressing supporters of the party near Alaafin’s palace, Ladoja who is a member of the PDP BoT, Senate Leader, Teslim Folarin, Senator Lekan Balogun, Elder Wole Oyelese, Chairman, House of Reps Committee on Appropriation, Mr. Ayo Adeseun, Mr. Kamil Akinlabi and many other big-wigs of the party, spoke in agreement that there was no state executive.
Ladoja alleged that the problem in Oyo State was engineered by the ex-President in connivance with Governor Adebayo Alao-Akala, adding that Obasanjo, who for his selfish interest continued to thwart the efforts of the PDP National Working Committee (NWC) at implementing various reports that could have put an end to the crisis.
Corroborating his claims, Folarin said, “we have problems across the country. Not only in Oyo State. I understand people’s anxiety. I stand before you today that everybody must be carried along; everybody is important, there must be genuine reconciliation so that the party can move forward not only in Oyo State but in other states of the federation.
All I am saying is that there is no PDP exco in Oyo State but I don’t care what anybody says about my position on Oyo PDP crisis. I still maintain my position that there is no exco in Oyo PDP; people thought I was talking rubbish then but we have all seen what is happening now, I have been vindicated.”
He said the large turn-out by the party members in his hometown was not surprising as he restated that “our people know who their real leaders are and I use this medium to tell them that, we shall continue to give them purposeful leadership and never let them down as far as their yearnings and aspirations are concerned.”
Due to the internal crises, Ladoja pointed out that the states like Ondo and Ekiti where the party had a firm grip had been lost to the opposition party.