Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State and the Chairman, Governor’s Advisory Council, Senator Hosea Agboola a.k.a. Alleluyah on Wednesday received some loyalists of a former Governor of the State and Leader of the coalition political parties that midwifed the electoral victory of the governor in the 2019 election, Senator Rashidi Ladoja at the government House.
Led by the State Chairman of the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP), Comrade Wole Abisoye, the defecting members pledged allegiance to Governor Makinde and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
They sang praises of the governor and commended his welfarist policy to Oyo Workers and the pensioners in the State.
Abisoye who thanked Senator Agboola for facilitating their come back bid to the PDP, said he stayed away from the recent meeting of some leaders of ZLP with the opposition spearheaded by the 2019 gubernatorial candidate of the ZLP, Chief Sharafadeen Alli.
According to Abisoye, “PDP is a better home. I can’t go back to the progressive that I left since Lam Adesina days.
“Senator Ladoja is aware of this meeting and that’s why you can see Lanbash”, referring to former Governor’s media aide, Alhaji Lanre Bashir and a host of others from across the State.
Abisoye, like other ZLP members, appealed for proper consideration of ZLP members ahead of the forthcoming Local Government election.
Senator Agboola who said Governor Makinde’s best was yet to come, as he praised the governor for his giant strides in education, workers’ welfare, infrastrixfacilitkes across the State, appointment of politicians across political divides, also admonished the defecting ZLP members of better times ahead in the PDP.
The Governor flanked by Senator Agboola and the State Commissioner for Local Government, Chief Bayo Raji, said he was ready to accommodate all.
Makinde cleared air on the alleged non-fulfilment of the agreement reached with the coalition partners in the 2019 election, saying a number of the members of the African Democratic Congress (ADC) and the ZLP have been integrated into the government.
“Unknown to many, I am in constant touch with Baba Ladoja and we have exchanged messages this morning (Wednesday). Many don’t know and would carry unfounded rumours.
“I want to implore you to go back to your local government and am assuring you that there would be reward for your labour. I have simplified governance.
“I am not perfect but I am human who is fallible like every mortal. I have been trying my luck on the political turf since 2007 and it didn’t work until God said it was time.
“On my 2023, and the future, let the will of God be done. Even before I became the governor, all I have always prayed for was that the will of God be done in my life. Whatever God has in store for everyone, it would come at His appointed time, Makinde added.