•Says ACN died with Lam Adesina
Former Oyo State governor and national leader of Accord Party (AP), Senator Rasidi Adewolu Ladoja, has challenged Governor Abiola Ajimobi to conduct the election into the 33 local government areas of the state, declaring that the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) in the state has died with Alhaji Lam Adesina.
Ladoja gave the sweeping remarks while receiving the former chairman of the Association of Local Government Chairmen of Nigeria (ALGON), and coordinator of Akala/Jonathan Campaign during the 2011 general elections, Chief Ademola Ojo into the fold of the AP at Igboora in Ibarapa Central Local Government Area. According to Ladoja, the ACN has failed the people of the state through its hyper insensitivity and its failings to the general welfare of the masses.
He wondered why the state government under Ajimobi cannot fulfill its electoral promises but went about with elitist programmes and policies throwing several thousands into the unemployment market.
He stated that the glaring failures and inadequacies of the state government under the ACN had led to its foot dragging in the conduct of the local government elections: “If Ajimobi says he is popular let him conduct the council polls now.
The party would lose in all the 33 local government areas. He knew this and that is why they are avoiding the conduct of local government elections.
If this not true, let him conduct the election.” Ladoja declared that the demise of its former state leader, Alhaji Lam Adesina has signaled the death of the ACN in the state: “With due respect to my brother, Alhaji Lam Adesina, his death has finally led to the death of ACN in Oyo State.”
The AP leader maintained that the crisis that has engulfed the party could not be resolve: “We do not know who has the party. The Integrity Parliament, the Reformation Group or the Non-Aligned Group? You can see that the party has died and it would be buried soon.” Ladoja also carpeted the state Peoples Democratic Party (PDP): “They asked me to come back to PDP. Yes, it is good because I am a founding member of the party.
But which one do I join? Is it that of Teslim, Akinjide or that of Hazim Gbolarumi? The party is in serious confusion and any serious politician would not join such a party.” Ladoja averred that he has buried the PDP in Ibadan North West, Ibadan North East, Ogo Oluwa and central Ibarapa Central local government areas: “The people make the party and not the other way round.
So, Accord Party is the peoples party and would continue to make the people its focus.” He urged the decampees not to see themselves as strangers but as stakeholders in the party ready to salvage the state from the brink of collapse.
He commended Ojo and other decampees for taking the bold steps assuring them that they would be carried along in the day-to-day running of the party. The ceremony was graced by top leaders of Accord Party in the state including Chief Bisi Ilaka, Alhaji Abubakar Tawa, Elder Joshua Oyebamiji, Professor Olateju, Mr. Femi Ayodele, Mr. Tunde Olaniyan, the deputy speaker of the Oyo State House of Assembly and a host of other leaders. Meanwhile, chieftain of the AP in Ibadan North West/South West Federal Constituency, Mr. Kunle Busari, admonished decampees to the party not to see themselves as strangers in the party.
He averred that the AP is the party of the masses and believes in mass political participation to move the state and country forward.
He stressed that the party was formed by Ladoja to provide alternative platform for voters who are thoroughly disappointed with various policies and imposition of candidates by the leadership of PDP in the 2011 general elections: “Accord Party is our party and we are very much at home with our leader who has continued to be in the hearts of the masses.”
Busari urged the old members of the party not to see the new members as outcasts asserting that the party is for all.