Former governor of Oyo State, Rashidi Ladoja, has been taken back into the political party he dumped years ago, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
This was disclosed in a communiqué released on Wednesday after a meeting of the party in South West, which took place in Ondo State.
“That we welcome Governor Adewolu Rashidi Ladoja back to the fold of our Party as evidenced by his representatives at this meeting,” a part of the communiqué read.
Ladoja had become the governor of Oyo State under the platform of the PDP, but when he had issues with some leaders of the party, he pitched his tent elsewhere.
Last week, there were reports that Ladoja was planning a comeback to the group he once left.
Also at the meeting, which precisely held at the Ondo State International Culture and Events Centre (The Dome) Akure, it was agreed that it was “ripe for all members of the PDP in the Southwest to forge a common front and pursue a common agenda towards occupying their destined leadership position in Nigeria.”
Also, it was resolved that the Southwest caucus should unite and confront the challenges that are facing the Yoruba race in Nigeria.
“That members of the PDP has agreed to rise up beyond personal interests to confront crucial national issues that affects us as a race especially the thriving menace of the Fulani herdsmen.
“That the meeting notes with dismay the poor state of the national economy and feel terribly sad that the current ruling party has not demonstrated the capacity to contain the economic challenges with attendant dwindling fortunes that has reversed almost all the economic gains recorded under the PDP.
“That developments in the sphere of elections, is becoming disturbing and from all indications, the accomplishments recorded by the last PDP Government as regards the conduct of credible elections, are beginning to wane.
“The Southwest PDP wish to put on record our dissatisfaction with the performance of the electoral body under the ruling party as all the elections the APC has so far superintended have ended as inconclusive!
“That the PDP will not shy away from effectively playing the role of an opposition. This role is crucial to democratic survival and the Party shall continually make Nigerians look up to it as a credible alternative to the ruling party.
“That we commend the on-going conscious efforts of the Party in ensuring genuine reconciliation of aggrieved party leaders and members towards ensuring that we become stronger.
“That the party will continue to encourage the collaboration of the old and the younger generation while it will do everything possible to allow fresh minds and fresh ideas to thrive.
“That this meeting noted the Party Posts zoned to the Southwest viz: National Secretary, National Publicity Secretary, National Auditor and Zonal Executive Committee. To this end, a structured Committee was set up to equitably distribute the positions amongst the six member states.
“That we resolve therefore to fully back and work for the re-invigoration of the PDP.”
Those in attendance at the meeting were Olusegun Mimiko, Ayodele Fayose, Olabode George, Chief Ebenezer Babatope, Iyiola Omisore, Alhaji Lasisi Oluboyo, Sen. Adesewe Ogunlewe , Jumoke Akinjide, Mulikat Akande and Jumoke Akindele. Others were Alhaji Jelili Adesiyan, Segun Adegoke, Doyin Okupe , Mr. Jimi Agbaje, Engr. Jide Adeniji, Alh Tajudeen Oladipo, Dr. Saka Balogun, Prof Taoheed Adedoja, Engr Clement Faboyede and Elder Joju Dadairo. Akogun Bisi Jinadu, Engr Bashir Awotorebo , Senator Adeseun Ayoade, Barr. Ojo Williams, Barr. Niyi Owolade, Chief Folorunso Akintade, Barr. Gboyega Oguntuwase and Chief Bola Olu-Ojo were also at the meeting.