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Ladoja Receives Lanlehin, Babalola, Arisekola-Alao’s Son, Others Into Accord Party

A former governor of Oyo State and national leader of the Accord Party, Senator Rashidi Ladoja, has said with the quality of politicians, who have joined the party from all the zones, his victory as the next governor of the state in 2015 is a fait accompli.

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Ladoja, who expressed the assurance that he will be sworn in on May 29, 2015, said he would conduct council election within four months of the inauguration of his government.

He spoke on  the Mapo Hill, Ibadan, on Tuesday, while formally welcoming new members into the Accord Party from the All Progressives Congress (APC), the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the Labour Party (LP), at a well-attended event that literally locked down the state capital for five hours.

Those welcomed into the party were Senator Olufemi Lanlehin, who currently represents Oyo South Senatorial District in the Senate; a former Oyo North senator, Gbenga Babalola; one of the sons of the late Aare Musulumi of Yorubaland, Alhaji AbdulAzeez Arisekola-Alao, Semiu; one of the sons of former Alaafin of Oyo, Prince Kabiru Gbadegesin and Dr Fola Akinosun.

Othere were Honourable Demola Ojo, who served as chairman on Oyo State Local Government Association of Nigeria (ALGON)  in Chief Adebayo Alao-Akala’s government; Honourable Yemi Aderibigbe, who resigned from Governor Ajimobi’s government as Special Adviser on Transport.

The lists also included Mr Timothy Ogunkunle, who was sacked by  Ajimobi as Atisbo Local Government caretaker chairman; Chief Gbademosi Lakunle; Alhaji Olaide Mohammedan; Honourable Olayinka OMikunle; Alhaja Haolat Olasunkanmi; Chief Akeem Isekolowo; among many others.

Ladoja said  Accord, which started as a mustard seed, had germinated and grown into a mighty oak, providing political sanctuary to politicians from all the other parties in the state, particularly those interested in the welfare of the citizenry.

The Asipa of Ibadanland used the occasion to assure members of the party and the people of the state in general, especially those who were yet to get their permanent voter cards or register to be rest assured that they would not be disenfranchised.

Ladoja, who said  he was yet to receive his own  PVC, promised to personal lead a protest march to the headquarters of the Independent National  Electoral Commission (INEC) in Abuja, if the commission did not correct the shortcoming before the elections.

While presenting the party’s flag to the new comers, he disclosed that more politicians from the other parties had indicated interest in Accord membership and would soon join.

Speaking amidst deafening cheers from the mammoth crowd at the rally, Senator Lanlehin said he joined the Accord Party because he could not stand the anti-people policies of the current government, adding that Ladoja, as the Accord Party leader, outweighed the leader of the APC in moral index.

“What more should I say? Accord Party will win all the Senatorial, House of Representatives, House of Assembly seat and Senator Ladoja, on May, 29, 2015, will be sowrn in as the governor of Oyo State,” he said.

In his own remark, Semiu Arisekola-Alao, who eulogised Ladoja’s qualities as the masses’ leader, said the huge crowd at the occasion had indicated that Accord Party was the only party in Ibadan and Oyo State in general.

“There is no doubt that the Accord Party is the only party in Oyo State. We will sweep those in government out with their brooms. Accord Party will usher in peace, progress and development in the state,” he said.

The state chairman of the party, Alhaji Bashir Lawal, while welcoming the new members, assured them of equal treatment and opportunity with those who had been in the party since 2010.

He, however, told the new entrants that they were free to aspire for the ticket of the party to any position, except the governorship ticket, which he said, had been reserved exclusively for Ladoja.

Others, who spoke on the occasion, expressed similar optimism as to the victory of  the Accord Party in 2015, predicating their hope on the perceived shattered image of the current government and the ruling APC.

Babatunde Akinsola

Babatunde Akinsola is aNaija247news' Southwest editor. He's based in Lagos and writes on the Yoruba Nation political issues, news and investigative reports

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