It is no longer news that the two former governors of Oyo State, Senator Rashidi Adewolu Ladoja and Otunba Alao-Akala; the Social Democratic Party (SDP)’s candidate in the last guber election, Engr. Seyi Makinde as well as other aggrieved members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state may have rejoined the party, as political alignment and realignments continue ahead of 2019 election.
The Senator Makarfi led reconciliation team visited some political gladiators in the state penultimate week ago and their visit seems to have yielded positive results. The National Chairman of the party, Senator Makarfi, in his address, told all the leaders that the PDP, after its success at the Supreme Court, is repositioning and working together with all stakeholders to rebuild and re-strategize the Party to regain its past glory.
But one question that has however kept re vibrating, is how the reconciliation move embarked upon by the party’s national committee can be sustained? As the top political gladiators were met with and terms and conditions were given for them to come back to PDP. Whether the many agitations and personal interests could be met remains a major issue. Leaders like the former Governor of Oyo state Senator Rashidi Ladoja of the Accord Party; Engr. Seyi Makinde of SDP; Otunba Alao-Akala (though he was said to be abroad when the team visited but was represented by his political followers); Chief Richard Akinjide; Alhaji Yekini Adeojo and others were party of those visited by the reconciliation team.
Already, some political watchers in the state are beginning to see PDP reconciliation move as dead on arrival while it is believed to be a welcome development amongst members of the party.
They based their argument on the fact that there would be many personal interests and ambition from many corners which is likely to jeopardise chances of PDP wrestling power from the ruling party (APC) come 2019. That what played out in the last election is likely to repeat itself if care is not taken; where the opposition couldn’t get their acts together to form a formidable alliance. It is believed that even if Ladoja’s Accord party which came second in the poll and Seyi Makinde’s SDP which came third were able to form their forces together, they would have defeated Ajimobi in that election.
Part of the many factors believed to be problem for the party are allocation of positions when different committees are to be constituted and who gets the party’s guber ticket. As stakeholders in the party would have to fight for their political interest. Like Ex-Gov. Ladoja is still nursing the ambition of becoming the governor once again, while Seyi Makinde, having contested for senate