National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Ahmed Makarfi has assured former Governor of Oyo State, Senator Rasidi Adewolu Ladoja and other intending members of the party a level playing ground.
Makarfi stated this on Thursday when he and other members of the PDP reconcilatory committee visited Ladoja in his Ondo Street Ibadan residence.
The former governor of Kaduna State arrived Ladoja’s house around 12.57 pm in company of Chief Jerry Gana, Elder Wole Oyelese, Hon. Mulikat Adeola Akande, Chief Jumoke Akinjide, Hon. Muraina Ajibola, Alhaji Azeem Gbolarumi, Dr. Eddy Olafeso, Gbenga Daniel, Senator Abdul Ningi and other top chieftains of the party.
Accord members who welcomed Makarfi included Senator Olufemi Lanlehin, Dr. Nureni Adisa, Dr. Nureni Adeniran and members of the state house of assembly on the platform of Accord party.
Ladoja who is the national leader of Accord party, while speaking, however, asked for a level playing ground for him and his men.
He said, “I didn’t want to leave PDP. We were forced to leave PDP. My self, Ngige, Fayose.
“Mr Chairman, what are the terms. If the terms are right and the term is that equality of everybody.
“Ladoja is not coming to PDP, Ladoja and his people are coming. My colleagues in Accord, they are here, some members of Oyo State House of Assembly are here, have I spoken. We won 8 seats in the state assembly. That shows how strong we are.
“I can say withing the next two days, even next two hours, we can say come and raise our hands.
“When we left PDP, we got a lot of offers. That is why we are in Accord. I want to assure you that it is the desire of everybody to send this government away.
Makarfi in his response said, “Politics is dynamic. The convention we planned, there is going to be constitution amendment to address the issue of internal democracy. Only last week, during the primary of our party in Anambra, we granted waiver to a gubernatorial aspirant. These issues you have raised.
”Don’t nurse any fear, let’s start together. We have a committee which seeks to harmonise everybody; let’s start afresh.
“You have not committed any offence to get amnesty. We want to integrate you back. It is better they get integrated under our leadership before the convention. The earlier the better”.
Makarfi is currently meeting with former Minister of Justice and Attorney General during the second republic.
He is expected to meet governorship candidate of Social Democratic Party (SDP), Engineer Seyi Makinde, Chief Mojisoluwa Akinfenwa, Chief Micheal Koleose in a bid to woo them into PDP fold.