Former governor of Oyo state and governorship candidate of Accord Party (AP) in last year’s election in the state, Rashidi Ladoja, has reportedly formed an alliance with his Social Democratic Party(SDP) counterpart, Engr. Seyi Makinde, in order to defeat the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) in the local government elections scheduled for February 2017.
Sources tell Newspeakonline that the combo was forged at a closed door meeting held at Ladoja’s home in Bodija, Ibadan on November 2.
A committee comprising of leaders of both parties, is being formed to iron out details of the alliance, a source said.
Recall that last week Thursday, chairman of the Oyo State Independent Electoral Commission (OYSIEC), Mr. Jide Ajeigbe, raised faith that the elections would hold when he announced that the commission will conduct the polls in all the existing 33 local government councils and the newly created 35 local council development authority (LCDAs) in the state.
Accord Party has recently been fragmented owing to parallel Ward, local government and state congresses held in the past few months.
Analysts say the development may have weakened Ladoja’s grip on the party, a good reason why he is believed to be building new alliances across party lines.