A recent media report saying the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) in Oyo State has been collapsed into the All Progressives Congress (APC) has been described as untrue and misleading.
At a well attended meeting in Ibadan, Oyo state capital, on Wednesday, leadership of the now moribund ZLP insisted that majority members of the party have joined the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
They therefore pledged their loyalty to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The meeting presided by Comrade Wole Abisoye, former state chairman of ZLP also had in attendance former local government chairmen, stalwarts and other party faithfuls across the thirty-three local governments.
The chairman of Governor Advisory Council, Senator Hosea Agboola also present at the meeting.
Speaking at the meeting, Abisoye maintained that majority members of the ZLP across the thirty-three local government have returned to the PDP since two weeks ago.
Debunking the statement that ZLP has been collapsed into the APC and members of Senator Rashidi Ladoja’s political group have joined the APC, Abisoye said nothing can be farther than truth.
He stated unequivocally that their political leader and former governor of Oyo state, Senator Ladoja is no longer a card carrying member of any political party.
On the claim of other group that their moving to APC has the blessing of Senator Ladoja, Abisoye warned that nobody should drop the name of Ladoja for their selfish goals.
According to Abisoye, “when APC senators from Oyo state at various times approached Senator Ladoja to join their party, he (Ladoja) made no commitment but rather leave the matter to be decided by the leaders of the ZLP”.
Giving hindsight on how he and other local government chairmen returned to PDP, Abisoye said when the Apex members of the party met, he took his stand not to join the APC but PDP.
This according to him led large numbers of members to move en mass to PDP across the state
Mr Abisoye added that he was happy that ZLP members have been restored and fully integrated into the PDP, calling on others who have been deceived to move into APC to retrace their steps and return to the right place.
Giving reasons for joining the PDP, some leaders who spoke at the meeting acknowledged development strides currently going on in every local government of the state.
For this reason, they said gave them conviction to join the train and thereby pledged their unflinching support for the administration of Governor Seyi Makinde.
In his short remark at the meeting, Senator Agboola commended them for taking the crucial decision to “return home” and team up with Governor Makinde’s administration.
He added that they would be treated equally as other members of the party, adding that they would not be left out in the sharing of positions, even after the local government election in May.
Among those in attendance included Comrade Sulaiman Adedokun, Chief Raimi Jalaruru, Evangelist Suberu Ademola, Hon. Olasunkanmi Okunlola, and Mr Dele Ladoja.
Also Hon. Okunola Saheed Ademola, Hon. Kunle Oduola, Mr. Raheem Oguntade Idris, Mrs Bola Olaniyi, and many other leaders present at the meeting.
Meanwhile, Reporters At Large earlier reported that the gubernatorial candidate of the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) in the last general election, Barrister Sharafadeen Alli and the Ladoja Political Group have joined the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The Ladoja Political Group comprises loyalists and supporters of Former Governor Rashidi Adewolu Ladoja.