The former governor of Oyo State, Adebayo Alao-Akala, on Monday debunked the speculation about his former boss, Rasheed Ladoja, being wooed to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Alao-Akala said in Ibadan that “As far as I am concerned, I don’t know who is wooing him. I am not wooing him on behalf of the PDP and I know that the PDP in Oyo State is not wooing him on our behalf.
“He has said that he loves his Accord Party (AP), so let him stay in Accord and we will also stay in PDP, but if he wants to come to PDP he is welcome.’’
Akala said that there was unity in the PDP in Oyo State, adding that those parading themselves as factional members were aggrieved and needed to be pacified.
“Alhaji Yinka Taiwo is our PDP Chairman and nationally recognised. I don’t know of any other person parading himself as the chairman. All I know is that those parading themselves are aggrieved members who will soon be pacified,’’ he said.
Alao-Akala said that the party would reach out to aggrieved members and prepare fully for the next election, having seen and studied the time-table released by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
“We have got the time-table for the election and we are reading very hard as students so that we will pass,’’ he said.
The former governor, who stressed that he remained a member of PDP, said that he was qualified to contest elections, adding that he would declare his ambition for 2015 in a couple of weeks.
On his posters that have flooded the state, he said that they were pasted by those who appreciated his leadership style, adding that it was without his consent.
He said that the Adamu Muazu-led National Working Committee of the party had started on a positive note, describing the party as “a new improved PDP.’’
Alao-Akala urged aspirants to prepare for primaries in line with the party’s constitution and the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended).
“Everyone who wants to emerge as the party’s candidate must be ready for the primaries in accordance with the PDP constitution and the Electoral Act,’’ he said.