The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Oyo State has described former governor Rashidi Ladoja and Chief Mchael Koleoso as strange bedfellows in their new party, the African Democratic Congress (ADC).
Koleoso, a former chieftain of the APC in the state and Ladoja, former leader of PDP, are currently leading the ADC in Oyo state.
Ladoja officially defected to the ADC on Friday after weeks of speculations and threats to do so. He is believed to have left the PDP for the second time in eight years due to irreconcilable differences with the party’s national leadership and subtle emergence of Mr Seyi Makinde as its potential governorship candidate.
In a statement by its State Publicity Secretary, Dr Azeez Olatunde, on Sunday, the APC said the union of the two notable politicians with some others reminded the party of a submission by the late Chief Obafemi Awolowo that Chief Olusegun Obasanjo can never be a good friend to any progressive, stressing that such friendship can only end in disaster.
It pointed out that the current union in a party led by the former president can not produce any good fruits because Obasanjo and Ladoja’s character is well known to politicians and Nigerians in general.
The party insisted that Koleoso, who is a true progressive will soon find out that he does not have a place in the new house he is joining them to build because of their different world views and approaches to politics and governance.
The APC said it was watching the the direction of the alliance, assuring that it is clear that it will head for the rocks.
It assured its teeming members and supporters that the alliance is no cause for alarm because the APC stands firm in Oyo State and all across Nigeria.
The APC pointed out that the people of Oyo State can see how the Governor Abiola Ajimobi’s administration has transformed the state in the last seven years through the right policies that have made Oyo a top destination for investors.
The statement reads: “Security of lives and property, massive infrastructural development, education reform and urban renewal are among the policies that have redefined Oyo State in the last seven years under the APC.
“When the 2019 election comes, the good people of Oyo State will choose sustenance of these dividends of democracy rather than fall for the deceit of an unholy alliance that is self-serving.
“As a party, we are watching the direction of this sudden alliance which will likely go the way of Chief Awolowo’s prediction that any alliance of progressives with the conservative will surely leave a sour taste in the mouth.”