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My Political  Journey  To  Zenith Labour Party || By Rashidi  Ladoja



AFTER the 2015 elections, Sen Ayo Adeseun and the likes came to me and analysed the results of the state election which gave Sen Abiola Ajimobi just thirty two percent while other opposition parties shared the rest among themselves. They therefore advocated the fusion of all the parties which eventually gave birth to the emergence of a new PDP.

Unfortunately, we later discovered those holding the party at the national level only wanted to enslave us as we got to know that they had already made up their minds on who would carry the flag of the party as a guber candidate.

Political pundits and gladiators started coming around to solicit our support. Among them was the former governor of Osun state, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, former governor of Ondo state, Olusegun Mimiko, the elder statesman, Chief Olu Falae sent emissaries and a host of other eminent personalities. Later, a break away faction of the APC called the Unity Forum came to me and solicited that we come together, they claimed they had nothing against President Muhammadu Buhari but Sen Ajimobi and said they would prefer a party without a presidential candidate so that they will have the opportunity to work for Buhari and have a new governor that will not be a tutelage of Governor Ajimobi .

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That was the beginning of the formation of the ADC with the coalition of my group, the Labour Party, the Unity Forum, the CNM and a host of others. We decided to have a caretaker committee charged with the responsibility to conduct congresses from the ward to the state levels but it was like the blind was driving the vehicle. I have never seen a situation where congresses will be conducted into the three tiers, that is, the wards, local and state, with just a day interval! And up till this moment, the party cannot be said to have standing executive committees in the wards and local governments.

The worst of scenario played out when we were to have candidates for various elective offices. In Ibarapa East/ Ido, the House of Representatives candidate slotted in his Personal Assistant as the House of Assembly candidate, ditto for Ibadan North West, Ibadan North East and so on and so forth. They came up with the idea of automatic tickets for all serving National Assembly members as if they all did well in their various constituencies to offer them such a ticket. In the Oke Ogun area of state, all seven state Assembly, three Reps candidates are from the Unity Forum, others are just there to look on and serve them, the people who are to be represented have no in-puts at all.

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In Iseyin axis where there are four local governments presenting a federal Rep, the Unity Forum went ahead to have both the Rep and Assembly candidates from Iseyin and later the Deputy Governorship candidate from Iseyin again at the detriment of other local governments, where is justice here, how can you win elections with this kind of arrangement?

Are you really taking the interests of the people into consideration at all?

As a politician of note, the interest of the people takes the center stage and the buck stops on my table, the people will ask me, they won’t ask them. When we asked all the leaders of the Unity Forum to come over so that we can iron it out, only Sen Monsura Sunmonu came and the meeting had to be postponed. For the rescheduled meeting, none of them turned up. You can imagine how insultive that could be to a man of my age and status.

With that weak structure, I was so sure the ADC can’t win any election, and with the so called automatic tickets here and there where the people are already waiting to take their pounds of flesh from the so called representatives, those in that party are only wasting their time.

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We now gave those willing to work with us, including Sen. Olufemi Lanleyin, the grace to come with us into the Zenith Labour Party but declined. To God be the glory, we now have a strong structure good enough to win elections as most of the people in all the geo-political zones—Ibadan,Oyo Ogbomoso, Oke-Ogun, Ibarapa, all reasoned with us.






‘My loyalty remains with Makinde, PDP’ – Ex- Oyo deputy speaker declares



A former Deputy Speaker and the Chairman, Oyo State House of Assembly Service Commission, Rt Hon (Dr) Musah Abdulwasi on Tuesday declared  that his loyalty remains with the Governor Seyi Makinde and the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

Abdulwasi said this while answering questions from journalists in Ibadan, the state capital, concerning the returning of some Unity Forum members to the All Progressives Congress, APC.

The gubernatorial candidate of the African Democratic Congress, ADC, Senator Olufemi Lanlehin, some leaders and members of the Unity Forum had returned to the APC recently.

But the Saki-born politician said he had since joined the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP under the leadership of Engineer Seyi Makinde, adding that his people in Saki West local government have been attending the PDP’s meetings and other events.

Abdulwasi who contested to be a member of the House of Representatives for Saki West, Saki East and Atisbo federal constituency under the platform of the ADC said he’s no more a member of the ADC and he has picked a membership card of the PDP in the state.

“Thank you very much for that question. My loyalty remains with our Governor, His Excellency, Engineer Seyi Makinde. My people in Saki West have been attending the People’s Democratic Party meetings and other events.

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“I’m no more a member of the ADC, I don’t know who are those that returned to the All Progressives Congress, APC as you asked. I have nothing to do with the ADC.

“I have picked up my PDP membership card. You know what that means? Engineer Seyi Makinde is my leader and the leader of my people. I’m committed to the success of this administration”, he submitted.

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Drop your ambition, let’s focus on rebuilding the party, Oladele tells Oyo APC stakeholders



A former House of Representatives member, Hon. Bosun Oladele has called for genuine reconciliation among APC leaders and members in Oyo state, urging them to drop their ambitions, but to focus on rebuilding and strengthening the party for a more rewarding bargain.


Oladele, who represented Irepo/Olorunsogo/Oorelope federal constituency between 2015 and 2019, in a chat with Mega Icon Magazine shortly after the party’s stakeholders meeting held at Premier Hotel Ibadan, last Thursday said the gathering was an affirmation that the progressives are still one solid indivisible family in the state.


“The gathering is a gathering of all progressives of the APC. All progressives because there is a division in Nigerian political landscape, we have the conservatives and then the progressives. And progressives we know ourselves , we belong to the same family, we belong to the same lineage and we have always belong to the same political school. Right now when we had all progressives congress , the next thing is the people that are progressives true to heart they must always flocks together.


“It takes the deep to call to the deep. Then, this gathering is just an affirmation that today we want to show that we are still one solid indivisible family”, he said.

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Speaking further, the former Commissioner for Information added, “When we say we are coming back, if you check the political history of Oyo state since 1999, some of us never went anywhere, we have been on the same line right from AD to AC, to ACN to APC. And the people that are coming back , they have also been on that channel but for one reason or the other in terms of disagreement, they left, but now they are back to the house.


“We built this house together from foundation, so they should come and take their rightful place in the house and we are preaching to everybody drop any form of ambition now , let us build the house , before we can share the rooms”, he urged.

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Oyo 2019 governorship elections, a failed project for Adelabu?



It is no news that the  horse race to Agodi Government House in Oyo State has come and gone, electorates have decided, while every political gladiators are nursing their wounds.

Today, Governor Oluseyi Abiodun Makinde (GSM)  of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is the landlord of the Agodi Government House for the next three (3) years, and his party members, presently control the Oyo State House Of Assembly with the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Action Democratic Party, (ADP) forming the opposition.

Interestingly, the residents of the state in their numbers were busy accessing the performance of Governor Seyi Makinde in the last 12 months based on the pyramid of success ladder, while some were still in euphoria rejoicing at cooling spots to celebrate his victory.

With the help of the coalition arrangement midwived by a former governor of the state, Senator Rashidi Adewolu Ladoja, the beneficiary of the arrangement, Engr. Seyi Makinde of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) polled 515, 621 votes to defeat his closest rival, Oloye Adebayo Adelabu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) who secured 357,982 votes.

Meanwhile, the  three governorship candidates that sacrificed their ambitions for Govrrnor Seyi Makinde of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), are Senator Olufemi Lanlehin of Action Democratic Congress (ADC), Barrister Sharafadeen Alli of Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) and Chief Bolaji Ayorinde of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) . These political gladiators in the state aimed at forming a government of national unity; unfortunately, the agreement was breached and the coalition went sour.

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With this revelation, did Adebayo Adelabu feels that he had failed? The answer is NO, according to political pundits. As a new entrant into politics, his performance at the poll was commendable and it beams ray of hope of a better political future ;if some measures are put in place.

Our  investigations revealed that the progressive party in Oyo state, even when the late governor and the leader of the progressives, Alhaji Onaolapo Lamidi Adesina led the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) in 2011, the party’s guber nominee, late Sen. Abiola Ajimobi defeated the then incumbent governor, Otunba Alao Akala of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) by securing 420, 852 against 387, 132.

In a related development, in 2015, late Abiola Ajimobi became the ‘Koseleri of Oyo state’ under the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) by breaking the second term jinx. He polled 327,310, to defeat his brother, former governor  Ladoja of the Accord Party scored 254,520 and others.

Considering these figures, it is obvious that Oloye Adebayo Adelabu performed extremely well in the last election, a feat he achieved through members of the progressives in the state who supported his ambition. This political calculation and permutation signify that the Obafemi Awolowo University trained accountant appeared to have an edge, but needs to improve on his relationship skills as a prominent political figure in the state.

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According to the pundits, Adelabu must work on the politics of the ‘Gate Keepers ‘ and that of the Critical Success Factor’ (CSF) to accomplish his political ambition.

Oyo state housed Muslims, Christians and traditional worshipers, thus the need for proper religious identity in regards of governorship election.

People believed that Oloye Bayo Adelabu was a converted Christian, until the ‘sudden’ addition of ‘Abdulwaheed’ to his name.

The Muslims in the state observed that being a Muslim transcends mere name bearing. They insisted the community would be more pleased if Adelabu can take further practical steps to prove that he is really a Muslim.

No doubt, Adelabu is stylish, intelligent, strategic and has brilliant ideas toward Oyo state development, but needs to intensify efforts on these grey areas. By 2023, it is predicted that the party’s primary would be an interesting one as political juggernauts in the state surreptitiously expressed interests.

However, only time will tell.


Idowu Ayodele

Political Desk,

Mega Icon Magazine 

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