The merger plans between the Oyo State chapters of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Accord Party may have collapsed after several meetings.
The PDP National Chairman, Ali Modu Sherif, was billed to visit the leader of Accord Party in the state, Rashidi Ladoja last Sunday but the meeting did not hold.
Sherif’s tight schedule at the national level has been blamed for his inability to meet Ladoja but sources say that the ambition of one of the leaders of the PDP in the state to contest for governorship in 2019, may be hampering discussions.
The politician, it was learnt, is against the suggestion that the merger must happen before a candidate is allowed to emerge.
PDP leaders in the state have, for the past three months, been meeting with Ladoja as part of their plan to present a formidable force against the ruling all Progressives Congress in 2019. Ladoja, is said to be willing to merge but sources say some of the terms have been too knotty, thereby creating mutual suspicion in both camps.
It however remains to be seen if the deal will be resuscitated even as the PDP holds its ward congresses across the country this Saturday.