By Ehi Ekhator
The Former Oyo State Governor, Rashidi Ladoja has yesterday, teased the People Democratic Party (PDP) that they have lost grip of the party.
Ladoja spoke on different problems affecting the country in Ibadan while addressing reporters. He said that PDP has ignored the purpose at which the party was formed and now full of greedy politicians who do not want to obey the principle of democracy.
Ladojoa also revealed that the crisis in the party and that of the past crisis that led to his impeachment was one of the reasons he refused to return to PDP for now.
He cited the recent election that took place in Anambra State as a way one could assess the party. He added that PDP could not successfully conduct a primary election to elect a candidate until a week to the election.
He praised the PDP National Chairman, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur as a man who mean well for the party, but some undemocratic element are doing everything possible to frustrate his effort to put the party in the right path.
His words: “Tukur came in to correct these ills, but I think he is seeing more than he expected. It is difficult. May be God will be kind to us one day, such that we can have democrats in the majority in the party, because whatever they do largely affects the country.”
He linked his impeachment in 2006 to the current problem in Rivers State, saying that the governance must have stopped in the state since the crisis started because Amaechi would fight to save his political career.
He also said that the relationship between him and his successor, Otunba Adebayo Alao-Akala because he refused to join the agreement.
He added that Alao-Akala refused to show any sign to show that he would dump PDP, hence, the joint committee set up by the two group could not work.
Ladoja said: “Alao-Akala approached me if we could work together. We did not even talk or think about what happened in the past. Yesterday is gone. We can only learn lessons from it to plan for tomorrow. All I want is to work for the benefit of Oyo State. We set up a committee, but personal interests changed many things. Bayo is not ready to get out of PDP. Our party does not have any privileges to offer. I think he does not want to leave PDP because of the privileges he enjoys there. As far as I am concerned, our doors are open
“We want to work with Alao-Akala, but we cannot fold our arms and keep watching. PDP has factions and we cannot concentrate on only one while other factions are moving, and the Alao-Akala group is not showing enough commitment. We know what we want. Our door is open at all times for whoever wants to work with us or join us.”