A governorship aspirant under the platform of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in Oyo State, Engineer Oluwaseyi Makinde on Saturday declared that contrary to insinuations in some quarters, he is not dragging the leadership of the party with a former Governor of the state, Senator Rasidi Adewolu Ladoja.
Makinde made this declaration in Ibadan while speaking at the maiden interactive session he organised for executive members of the party from the 351 wards and the 33 local government areas of the state.
He said Ladoja, being a former Governor, is still his leader considering his political experience, age and influence.
Makinde said “Some people said I am dragging the leadership of the party with Senator Rasidi Adewolu Ladoja, it is not so. He is still the leader of the party in the state and my leader in Oyo state.”
“What we want to do is to send APC away in 2019. After that, we will call ourselves and move forward. I am not here to declare my governorship ambition but to ensure that I interact with party executives.
“The essence of this meeting is to interactive with them, the party executives. All the 33 local government areas in Oyo state. We have the opportunity to meet them and interact with them from our various local government areas.
“I am a member of the party, I am entitled to interact with them, the executive of the party. When it is time for me to formally declare, we have done it before, we know how to do it.
“Declaration is not something that you do in the corner of your room. It is to tell the people what you have for them. Politics is all about conflict and resolution, there may be challenges but we will address them as family across board within the party so that we can move forward and face the APC.
“All of us need to go and read the constitution of our party. So I am begging all of us, that don’t let us fight ourselves. Let us ensure we work together, work for peace to reign. I have called Senator Ayo Adeseun, I have called Chief Jumoke Akinjide and I have sent text message to Senator Rasidi Adewolu Ladoja.
“I am begging you to come out and let people know that we are ready to chase APC out of power.”
In attendance were Chief Jacob Adetoro, Ex- Speakers of the State House of Assembly, Hon. Moroof Atilola and Hon. Kehinde Ayoola, Hon. Aderemi Ayodele, Prince Dotun Oyelade, Alhaji Bisi Olopoeyan and other leaders of the party in the state.