Former Oyo governor, Rasheed Ladoja, who defected to the Accord Party to
contest the state’s governorship seat in the 2015 general elections, has
returned to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Ladoja, along with Mr Seyi Makinde, a chieftain of the Social Democratic
Party (SDP) in the state, moved to the PDP on Thursday in Ibadan, when Sen
Ahmed Makarfi, Chairman of the PDP National Caretaker Committee, visited the
The former governor, who won the seat on the ticket of the PDP in 2011, said
that he was returning to his home, adding that it was not his wish to leave the
PDP when he did.
“When I left the PDP some years ago, it was because of the injustice done to
“We left because the PDP leaders, at that time, were not ready to protect
the interest of all members. We are back now because the new leadership has
promised to right all wrongs and avoid mistakes of the past.
“I have discussed with members of the Accord party and they have asked for
amnesty; we need assurance from Makarfi that Accord Party members will be given
equal treatment and a level playing ground,” Ladoja stated
In his response, Makarfi said that he came to Ladoja “to take you back to
where you belong”.
“We want you to return to your great beginning; we want to start all over
again as one family,” he said.
Makarfi expressed optimism that Ladoja’s presence would add value to the PDP
in Oyo State, adding that he (Ladoja) had committed no crime to warrant a plea
He implored PDP members to forget the past and work toward party unity, and
assured Ladoja and new PDP members of equal opportunity for all.
Makinde, in his remark, assured Makarfi of his group’s total support to the
ideals of the PDP, urging him to protect the interest of his members.
Two PDP chieftains, Chief Richard Akinjide and Chief Yekini Adeojo, who
spoke at the occasion, commended Makarfi over his efforts to reconcile warring
factions and “especially for wooing new members into the fold”.
Akinjide particularly promised to assist Makarfi toward rebuilding the PDP,
and urged him to carry all members along, so as to create a sense of oneness.
The News Agency of Nigeria(NAN) reports that hundreds of Accord party, SDP,
and PDP supporters received Makarfi who also visited Chief Christopher
Alao-Akala, another former Oyo governor being wooed by Makarfi.