Demola Ojo, former chairman of Ibarapa Central local government has revealed that he left the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in order to prevent former Reps member, Hon. Muraina Ajibola, who represented Ibarapa Central/ Ibarapa North federal constituency between 2003 and 2011, from being re-elected for the third time.
Speaking with Sunday Tribune, Ojo, who was chairman of the Oyo State chapter of the Association of Local Government of Nigeria (ALGON), however, said he has rejoined PDP from Accord after the mission has been accomplished.
According to Ojo, who is now the spokesperson for Association of Former Local Governments Chairmen, “I am in the PDP. At a point, I moved with my people to Accord and it was for a peculiar reason. The reason was peculiar to my local government, because we saw that a lot of impunity was going on in the PDP, as a particular person, because he was elected into a position to represent our constituency, decided to turn the party into his private property. So, we decided that the best option was to try another sister party and that was why we went to Accord. We thank God we have won; we have got him out of office and now, everyone is on the same pedestal.
“We brought him into the PDP; voted for him and he became the House of Representatives member but he decided to turn the party into his personal property and we left the party for him, because we knew he was in power and if we didn’t leave, he would continue to do what he liked. And immediately we got him out of office, we came back to the party to reorganise the party,” he said.
On whether the same scenario will not play out with Ajibola as a factional chairman of the party in the state, he said: “I am sure his antecedents will not make him stay in PDP. Immediately he is true with his ambition in a particular party, he leaves. Maybe he is only playing politics now by making himself a self-acclaimed chairman of an interim management committee of the Makarfi group. Who made him interim chairman of an illegal group in Oyo State?
“There was no time leaders of that group sat and made him chairman. What you called a well-reported event was done outside the Cultural Centre, Mokola, Ibadan, not even under a canopy. Has that been done in PDP before? PDP has a party secretariat; any PDP event should take place at the secretariat. They just made a mockery of the political system,” he explained.