From Musliudeen Adebayo, ibadan
A former Governor of Oyo State, Senator Rashidi Adewolu Ladoja and the governorship candidate of the Zenith Labour Party, (ZLP) in the last general elections in the state, Chief Sharafadeen Abiodun Alli on Sunday declared that, they have no plan to join the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC).
Our correspondent gathered that, there was rumour that the duo of Ladoja who ruled the state between 2003 and 2007 and his elsewhile Secretary to the State Government, Alli has perfected plans to dump the ZLP and join APC.
But, the duo of Ladoja and Alli who are chieftains of ZLP in the state on Sunday, denied the rumour of dumping the party for the All Progressive Congress.
Our correspondent recalls that Ladoja was the arrowhead of the coalition that ousted the then ruling APC.
He rallied Alli of ZLP; Senator Femi Lanlehin of the African Democratic Congress (ADC) to step down for the incumbent Governor, Seyi Makinde of the Peoples Democratic Party to defeat APC flag bearer, Adebayo Adelabu.
While Alli turned down the appointment given to him by Makinde as a member of the Governor’s Advisory Council. Lanlehin had also pulled out of the coalition because of alleged lopsided appointment and non-fulfillment of agreement with coalition partners.
Alli in a statement said, “That Senator Ladoja and I, are leaving ZLP for APC was concocted to distort facts and heat up the polity.”
Alli on Sunday said they had never contemplated dumping the ZLP for any other party, but were working hard to ensure the party becomes a bride in the state and beyond.
Alli who condemned in strong terms politics of rumour mongering, also appealed to supporters of the party in the state to remain calm and focus on the future rather than listening to baseless runours.
“Following some statement going viral on the social media, that plans have been concluded that we are moving to the APC, I want to state categorically that it is not true.
“We have never contemplated dumping our party, ZLP for any party. Our leader, Senator Ladoja and myself are dissociating ourselves from the said story.
“I want to state that the rumour was concocted by the people who believed we have to either move to where they belong or where they want us to belong.
“The general public and our teeming supporters should ignore the rumour and focus on the future of our great and forward looking party”.