– The Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) in Oyo state has collapsed its structure into APC
– Former governor Rasidi Ladoja’s group has also defected to the opposition ahead of the 2023 general elections
– The groups have directed their members to participate in the ongoing APC registration exercise
The ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Oyo may fail to retain the state in 2023 if the gale of defection hitting the party continues.
The Nation reports that the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) and the political group of ex-governor of the state, Rashidi Ladoja, have dissolved their structures into the All Progressive Congress (APC).
Legit.ng gathered that the leadership of the two groups also directed their members to participate in the membership registration of the APC throughout the 351 wards and 33 local governments of the state.
The decision, according to the report, formed part of a resolution reached at the end of a stakeholders’ meeting of the ZLP and Ladoja political group held on Tuesday, March 2, at Samonda, Ibadan.
The leadership of the Oyo APC, ZLP and Ladoja’s political group had met on February 12 at Premier Hotel, Ibadan to consider developmental issues affecting the state.
The meeting also considered the possibilities of the dissolution of the structure of ZLP and Ladoja political group into the APC, a move applauded by stakeholders.
The report said that the meeting held on Tuesday, March 2, finally gave approval to the proposal after deliberation and consideration by the stakeholders.
The party leaders at the meeting included Elder Kola Olaniyan, Bimbo Adepoju, Sarafadeen Abiodun Alli, Waheed Akanbi (WAF) and Adeolu Adeleke.
Others members were Kazeem Kolawole Raji (KK), A.I. M. Olaniyan, Mrs. Monisola Tegbe, Mrs. Serifat Tanimowo, Kola Olabiyi and Alhaji Wahab Oyelade.
The newspaper further stated that the meeting also passed a vote of confidence in Ladoja, other leaders and the executive steering the affairs of the ZLP, Ladoja political group and Ladoja loyalists.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that Ladoja was planning to join the ruling APC ahead of the 2023 general elections.
It was reported that Ladoja and his supporters in ZLP on Friday, February 12, initiated merger talks with the APC.
The meeting, which was held at the Premier Hotel, Mokla, Ibadan, was reportedly approved by Ladoja.
In 2019, the ZLP, under Ladoja’s leadership aligned with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and other parties to elect the incumbent governor, Seyi Makinde.
The governorship candidate of the ZLP in 2019, Sharafadeen Alli, led a team of Ladoja’s loyalists to the meeting while the acting chairman of the APC, Akin Oke, led the APC team.
One of the APC chieftains at the meeting, Wale Ohu, said there was nothing new about the gathering “because this is a season of consultations, party consultations.”
Wale Akinola is a passionate journalist and researcher. He works as a senior political/current affairs editor at Legit.ng. He holds both B.A and Master’s degree in Communications and Language Arts from the University of Ibadan. He also holds a Diploma Certificate in Peace Journalism. He has over 15 years of work experience in both print and online media. He derives joy in keeping the public abreast of current happenings locally and internationally through his writings.