Akala, Ladoja Leadership Crisis May Be Revisited

The leadership tussle between the Governor Adebayo Alao-Akala of Oyo State and his predecessor, Senator Rasheed Ladoja may eventually been reawaken, as the latter’s camp has moved against the former. It would be recalled that there was report of amicable settlement in the rift between the duo, a situation that suggested that the lasting peace…”
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October 30, 2008 5:56 am
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The leadership tussle between the Governor Adebayo Alao-Akala of Oyo State and his predecessor, Senator
Rasheed Ladoja may eventually been reawaken, as the latter’s camp has moved against the former.

It would be recalled that there was report of amicable settlement in the rift between the duo, a situation that suggested that the lasting peace has been restored in the state.

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) members loyal to Ladoja converged on his Ibadan home for what they termed the “crucial talks on matter affecting the party in the state”.

The closed–door meeting according to the source borders on the alleged refusal of Akala groups to honour all the agreements reached with the Ladoja’s camp.

The deal was said to have been brokered by the Shuaib Oyedokun-led Peace Reconciliation Committee of the party.

At the meeting, which started at about 3:30pm were former PDP Deputy National Chairman and two-time governorship candidate, Alhaji Yekeen Adeojo, former Minister for Special Duties, Chief Wole Oyelese, a third Republic Senator, Senator Lekan Balogun and Chief Adigun Irawo.

Other include a former commissioner for information, Mr. Bayo Lawal, Alhaji Yunus Akintunde (a loyalist of the former vice –President Atiku Abubakar), Chief J.G. Adetoro, Alhaji Alli Oyedeji, Former Chief of Staff to Ladoja, Mr. Sarafadeen Abiodun Alli, former Commissioners and Local Government Chairmen.

Adeojo, who rode in an ash Jaguar car with registration number Lagos LB744AAA joined the meeting at 2:57pm.

Top on the agenda of the meeting was how to restore peace to Ibadan in the post Adedibu era.

It also dwelt on the need to rescue the party from the alleged stronghold of the governor.

They accused the governor of frustrating efforts to restore peace to the party in his bid to get the party’s ticket in 2011.

The re-alignment of forces began few weeks after the Adedibu’s death.

Akala was the first to visit Ladoja at the same venue of the meeting.

Twelve days after, some of Adedibu’s aides and children, led by Senator Kamordeen Adedibu also visited him. They reportedly begged him to put the past behind him.

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