The Oyo State Chapter of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), has endorsed and adopted a former governor of the state, Senator Rashidi Ladoja, as its choice among those jostling for the seat of the national chairman at this weekend’s convention of the party.
The state chairman of the party, Alhaji Kunmi Mustapha, announced the endorsement and adoption after a show of hand vote, during a meeting held at the party’s secretariat in Molete, Ibadan, on Tuesday.
Professor Taoheed Adedoja, who is a former minister and chieftain of the party from the state, is among the lot seeking to be elected national of the party on Saturday.
“On behalf of Oyo PDP, we must vote for Senator Ladoja comes December 9. The South-West is the rightful zone to have the chairman of our great party.
“The South-East and the South-South have produced the chairmen before now and that is why it is our turn to have the national chairman.
Speaking earlier, Ladoja assured members of the party that if given the opportunity to serve, he would return the culture and tradition put in place by the founding members of the party.
Ladoja, who has been a Board of Trustees (BoT), member of the party, promised “never to compromise on things that are not right and are not in the constitution of the party.”
“I will do things the way they should be done and everybody will be happy. That was how our founding fathers were moving the party forward,” he said.
He argued that it would be best to fortify the defence for the PDP in the South-West where it only boasts of a governor with the position of the national chairman so as to make the entire southern part of the country a home for the party.