PDP convention : Why South-west leaders will not leave PDP- Ladoja

Rashidi Ladoja

One of the contestants for the recently concluded national chairmanship election of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, Rasheed Ladoja, has said South-west leaders will not leave the party despite losing out at the elections.

Mr. Ladoja, a former governor of Oyo state, said this at a meeting with the Governor Dickson Seriake-led reconciliation committee in Ibadan, Oyo State on Thursday. He confirmed that the South-west PDP leaders and members will remain in the party and work for its victory in 2019.

Governor Dickson, who had earlier promised to address grievances following the tense outcome of the convention earlier this week, reached out to another contestant, Tunde Adeniran.

Mr. Adeniran had advised the committee to reach out to other contestants who are also aggrieved ‘one way or the other.’

Before this, former president Goodluck Jonathan had led a reconciliation team to visit another aggrieved leader, Suleiman Abubakar, a former minister for national planning.

“In spite of the disagreements over Saturday’s elective National Convention of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), leaders of the party in the South-west zone have restated their resolve to remain in the party,” Mr. Ladoja said.

“I am in politics to make Nigeria work. In 1999 they begged me to be the gubernatorial candidate of the Alliance For Democracy (AD) and I refused. I wanted a mainstream party. I have seen it all in PDP both the ascension and descent. It is the people that make the party not the other way round. If we come together, we will make the government that the people deserve. We are back to PDP and we will remain in PDP.”

Speaking on the controversy surrounding the national convention, Mr. Ladoja further said, “a week to the National Convention, we started pruning and on the eve, we had decided that Prof. Tunde Adeniran was our consensus candidate but the delegates decided otherwise. However, we will remain in the PDP, we are not going anywhere”.

“In the PDP we have the chance of winning across board. I will work assiduously to make sure all the aspirants in the South-west remain in the party and work for the party. This PDP will win. If you think you hate PDP, try the APC and you will see that APC is worse,” he said.

Governor Dickson thanked Mr. Ladoja for his commitment and sacrifice to the party and assured that the party remains one strong united family, where all members are equal stakeholders.


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  • okpada

    My Ladoja, have you been to the APC before?

    • Charles

      you do’nt need to be in hell to know that it is hot.

      • share Idea

        Aptly stated

      • Mufu Ola

        No “hell” anywhere.It’s all falacy designed by religionists to enslave mankind.

  • Olori Magege

    Thank you sir. That is being a STATESMAN

    • share Idea

      Aptly stated. SW will be rewared with VP post, by then all the people that planted distraction in PD with the outcome of the convention would not have anything to say again.

      It is painful when someone doesn’t win a contest moreso, political contest but one thing Nigerians would give to PDP, is it that they still humble themselves to appease agrived (perceived or genuine) individual.

      • Powerlessconscious

        The aggrieved individuals are those PDP destroyed their future by looted the treasury.

  • bruce uba

    I am glad about this development! Good for the country. Keep it up PDP SW! Up Ladoja!

  • pambegua

    When you insulted and treated a YORUBA man unkind. When on national TV you accused Yoruba of not contributing much to your party. You better watch watch it. Revenge is better served when it is cold. Wike and CO watch the part2

    • stanejike

      Crying more than the bereaved. Are you a member of the PDP?

  • Jo Elue

    FeeDeeFee made APCs job easier in 2018 by the way Wike hijacked the convention

    • princegab

      The cool truth, thanks

  • Suleiman Alatise

    Papa deceive pikin.

  • princegab

    The hope was that Atiku will lift up pdp but pdp is likely to pull Atiku down.

    • aisha ani

      That’s the truth.

  • stanejike

    The South West can have the Senate President or Speakership. It’s still better than being in APC where they have a VP that has been made redundant in government.

  • Adekunle

    PDP presidential running mate will go to SE. Ibos led by Ekeremandu have made it clear that they are only interested in VP and for that SE did not present any candidate for PDP chairmanship position unlike SW (6) and SS (2).Position of Senate president is not sure as it depends on 2 main factors :1- PDP winning Presidential election which is obviously an herculean task, 2- If SW has a second term senator that wins election.The easiest state to get that is Ekiti and that would be possible largely if PDP wins the governorship election coming up earlier in July 14 2018.I think PDP has greatly miscalculated by not zoning the chairmanship to SW.How will PDP motivate and mobilize SW to vote for them and promise that SGF or Senate President which is not sure when they (SW) already have VP in Osinbajo.A bird at hand is better than 1000s in the forest