A former governor of Oyo State, Rashidi Ladoja, has left the Action Democratic Congress (ADC) and joined the Zenith Labour Party (ZPL).
The former governor had last week accused a group within the ADC, Unity Forum, of changing the winning template designed to coast home to victory in 2019.
He consequently gave ADC 48 hours to change the name of the deputy gubernatorial candidate of the party, Saheed Alaran.
This made the former governor to dump the ADC and opt for the Zenith Labour Party at the weekend.
After joining the ZLP, Ladoja directed the party to forward the name of former Secretary to the State Government, Sharafadeen Abiodun Alli to INEC as the party’s new gubernatorial Candidate, to meet the commission deadline for substitution of candidates’ names.
Ladoja’s former Finance Commissioner, Waheed Akanbi had in October emerged as the candidate of the ZLP.
Speaking to newsmen on Sunday, Ladoja said he had no personal grudges with the said Alaran but that the party would suffer from the votes of the region if the ‘mistake by a group within ADC is allowed to go unchallenged’.
He said for instance, Mr. Alaran hails from Iseyin, the same local government where the federal lawmaker in Iseyin/kajola/Itesiwaju/Iwajowa constituency who got automatic ticket hails from, and the state house of assembly member to represent Iseyin/Itesiwaju constituency, also an Iseyin man.
He said other local government areas in the zone and by extension, entire Oke Ogun would feel cheated and may end up punishing the party by denying it their votes in the general elections.