- Professor Jerry Gana, Jimi Agbaje met with former Oyo state governor and national leader of the Accord Party, Senator Rashidi Ladoja, behind closed doors
- The meeting which lasted for 3 hours took place Ondo street, Bodija residence in Ibadan
- One of the proposals reportedly put to Gana by Ladoja's camp was the need to change the name of the party
The chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Strategy Review and Inter-Party Affairs Committee, Professor Jerry Gana, on Sunday, January 22, met with former Oyo state governor and national leader of the Accord Party, Senator Rashidi Ladoja, behind closed doors.
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Gana who was in company of Jimi Agbaje, the 2015 governorship candidate of PDP in Lagos state, met Ladoja at his Bodija residence in Ibadan and engaged in a meeting that lasted for three hours.
The duo of Gana and Agbaje were received by Ladoja and his political associates among whom were Senator Femi Lanlehin; Barrister Bayo Lawal; Chief Bayo Lawal; Professor Tunde Ayeleru; Fatai Adesina; Mr. Nureni Adisa; Alhaji Bashir Lawal and Dr Nureni Adeniran.
Their visit is coming about two months after the governor of Anambra State, Willie Obiano, sent a delegation of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), led by Ambassador Bianca Ojukwu and a former minister of information, Labaran Maku, to discuss third force arrangement with Ladoja in Ibadan.
Gana speaking with journalists after the meeting, said his committee, having sat for close to two months, decided to implement one of the key recommendations which was to “touch base with prime movers and genuine democrats who were solidly part of the PDP.”
He said: “We are here to really convey our good wish to Senator Rashidi Ladoja who, though is a key leader in Accord, is one of the founding fathers of the PDP. We are touching base with genuine democrats, those who really wish democracy well in Nigeria. We have come with a very clear message that all democrats must unite.”
Gana said the crisis in the PDP was being blown out of proportion, saying that 95 per cent of the party’s leaders were on the same page.
Meanwhile it was learnt that one of the proposals put to Gana by Ladoja's camp was the need to change the name of the party to attract “genuine democrats.”
In another development, PDP has warned Senator Ali Modu Sheriff to stop parading himself as chairman of the opposition party.
The PDP said in a statement made available to NAIJ.com on Tuesday, November 29 that Sheriff’s claim that he is the party chairman is illegal because the Senator Ahmed Makarfi-led National Caretaker Committee had been confirmed by a court as authentic leadership of the party.