By Adeola Oladele, Ibadan
Ahead of the 2019 governorship election in Oyo State, a strong appeal has gone to Senator Rashidi Ladoja who threatened to dump the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) over the planned harmonisation issue in the party was not to carried out in accordance with his plan.
The appeal was contained in a statement issued by the Seyi Makinde Organisation and signed by Prince Dotun Oyelade on Tuesday , adding that the former governor should actively play his leadership role to the collective desire of Oyo State people for a change of baton come 2019.
According to the release: “I am privileged to be referred to as one of your political sons and which you yourself confirmed on a radio programme two days ago. Therefore, as a true son of a valiant father, I hereby humbly but strongly appeal to you not to contemplate leaving the house that we are jointly trying to roof, just before the rainny season.”
Makinde said that such a decision, coming from a tested leader would leave the people confused as majority of party members and indeed the masses in Oyo State are already excited about the prospect of genuine regime change that would fulfill its electoral promises and respect institutions and elders.
The statement said that the issue of harmonisation of party executive which is being blown out of proportion appeared to be the most realistic arrangement to actualise the party’s objective because political expediency narratives are determined by circumstances on the ground.
“In our own party, the PDP at the national level learnt a bitter lesson from the 2015 debacle where only one tendency was saddled with control of the party hence it became imperative for the National Working Committee to ensure an all- inclusive state executive is put in place to avoid going to war with a divided army. Like others, who desire positive change via PDP under your leadership in state, I strongly believe no single tendency can do it all alone.”
Makinde queried: “What does it profit you Sir, to abandon your children and allow by default the perpetration of anti-youth employment policy as graphicised in the current 2018 budget to continue? God forbid. You and I will not allow it and the millions of youths who are pining away in abject lack in spite of going to school and who were deceived to being foot soldiers in 2015 will obviously resist it legitimately. And this is why Sir, that the prospect of leaving the party is not an option.”