By Adebayo Waheed
The National Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Sen. Ahmed Makarfi, has confirmed the return of former Oyo State governor, Senator Rashidi Ladoja, Engr. Seyi Makinde and Barrister Sharafadeen Alli back to the party.
Makarfi, who spoke at the meeting of the party’s Board of Trustees (BoT), said they joined the PDP, adding that “while we reconcile and accommodate, we are not waiting for any individual to make up their mind”.
He cautioned intending PDP returnees to do so without further delay.
Makarfi said the Accord Party presently has six lawmakers in the Oyo State House of Assembly and that a 40-man committee had been set up to look into the registration of the new entrants.
Urging the would be returnees and intending joiners to make up their minds in good time, the chairman said the PDP would not wait for anybody, as jostling for prime positions would soon commence.
Ladoja and Makinde were the governorship candidates of Accord and Social Democratic Party, SDP, respectively while Alli was the running mate of former governor Adebayo Alao-Akala who contested under Labour Party, LP.
Many of the prominent chieftains that dumped the PDP for the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) before the 2015 elections were being rumoured to be working their way back to the PDP.
Makarfi added that the party’s success in the 2019 elections would largely depend on timely preparations and getting its forthcoming national convention right.
“We have to get it right because this is what will determine whether we succeed in 2019 or not. We are working on the time table for the convention. We will consult and brief the BoT”, he said.
He cautioned members against the antics of sycophants, saying such could boomerang on the party because it would be difficult to carry everybody along.
According to him, the leadership of the party was ready to wield the big stick, stressing that members would henceforth be made to face disciplinary actions if they worked against the interests of the party.