A former Governor of Oyo State, Chief Rashidi Ladoja, has defected from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
He formally announced his decision to join the African Democratic Congress (ADC).
This comes barely a year after he rejoined the PDP from the Accord Party.
Addressing supporters at his residence in Bodija, Ibadan, Ladoja recounted efforts by him to stabilize the PDP in the state and in the country and said those sacrifices went unrecognized.
He also said he had now accepted the responsibility of facilitating the defection of serving and former governors and lawmakers across the country into the ADC.
“The assignment that the delegation of ADC from Abuja gave me is that the governors that are planning to join ADC, that I should facilitate their defection to ADC. I may not always be around, but it is for the betterment of our party. This is because I am sure that the home front in the state is safe. Those at home are competent.
“The ADC and PDP have signed an agreement to present a joint presidential candidate. What we are seriously working on for now is that the presidential candidate should emerge from ADC. “This will compel me to move to different parts of the country quickly so that ADC will hold the ace in other states, after we have conducted the congresses in Oyo State.
“As it is now, there is no ward in Oyo State that we don’t have presence. If possible, we should conduct our ward congress next Saturday. Registration will begin from now. If the ward congress is conducted on Saturday, the Saturday that will follow, we can also conduct local government congress, and the Saturday that will follow that one on August 18, we can conduct state congress.
“We need to conduct the congresses on time so that we would not contravene the guidelines set by INEC. It is not that we are in a haste, but time is no longer on our side with barely eight months to the general elections.
“By the grace of God, things will fall in proper places. I urge you all to cooperate with the leadership as we go through the process. Let us be more committed than we did in the past,” Ladoja said.