TheÂ Lagos chapter of Accord Party said the return of former Oyo Governor, Rasheed Ladoja, to the Peopleâ€™s Democratic Party, PDP, might be a ruse.
â€œThe party is still skeptical about the report that Ladoja has left its fold.
â€œBecause we do not want to believe it because he has not officially communicated to anyone that he is leaving the party,â€Â Gbenga Kool said in Lagos.
Ladoja, along with Seyi Makinde, a chieftain of the Social Democratic Party, SDP, in Oyo state, announced their defection to the PDP in Ibadan on ThursdayÂ during a reconciliation visit by the PDP National Caretaker Chairman, Ahmed Makarfi.
Ladoja was quoted as saying that he was â€œreturning homeâ€ and it was not his wish to leave PDP when he did.
â€œI left the PDP because of the injustice done to me some years ago,Â we are back now because the new leadership has promised to right the wrongs and avoid the mistakes of the past.â€
But Kool said in spite of the statement credited to Ladoja, he believed Ladoja was still in their fold.
He said there were procedures for leaving a party and that Ladoja had not officially told anyone in the Accord Party that he had left.
Kool said he had made inquiries about the defection across the state chapters and the national secretariat and that â€œno one confirmed the intent to leave from Ladojaâ€.
â€œThis is not even the first time it will be reported that he has left the party and he is with us.
â€œFor now, we believe he is still in our fold because no one can confirm officially he has left. He is our father, so if he is leaving, we need to know.
â€œBut in case he has left, i do not see that weakening the party because Accord is built on strong foundations and not around personalities,â€ he said.
Kool described the former governor as a strong member, whose influence was instrumental to the successes of the party.