The Oyo State Chapter of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Wednesday endorsed a former governor of the state, Sen. Rashidi Ladoja, as its choice among those jostling for the seat of the National Chairman at the party’s national convention slated for Saturday.
The state chairman of the party, Alhaji Kunmi Mustapha, announced the endorsement and adoption after a show of hand vote, during a meeting held at the party’s secretariat in Molete, Ibadan, on Tuesday.
But another aspirant, Prof. Taoheed Adedoja, said the endorsement carries no weight because he had also been endorsed by the same State Executive nine months ago.
To him, the endorsement was a mere recognition of aspirants’ move to contest the election.
Mustapha said: “On behalf of Oyo PDP, we must vote for Sen. Ladoja come December 9. The Southwest is the rightful zone to have the chairman of our great party.
“The Southeast and the Southsouth have produced the chairmen before now and that is why it is our turn to have the national chairman.
Speaking earlier, Ladoja assured members of the party that if given the opportunity to serve, he would return the culture and tradition put in place by the founding members of the party.
Ladoja, who has been a Board of Trustees (BOT) member of the party, promised “never to compromise on things that are not right and are not in the constitution of the party.”
“I will do things the way they should be done and everybody will be happy. That was how our founding fathers were moving the party forward.”
He argued that it would be best to fortify the defence for the PDP in the South-West where it only boasts of a governor with the position of the national chairman so as to make the entire southern part of the country a home for the party.
Tiny URL for this post: