The Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) in Oyo state on Friday announced Evangelist James Kolawole Olaniyan as new acting chairman of the party in the state.
In a statement issued by the Secretary of the Party, Bimbo Adepoju said the defection of the chairman to the PDP is without the consent of our father and leader, Chief Rashidi Adewolu Ladoja and other leaders of the party.
It was earlier reported that Wole Abisoye and five other local government chairmen of the party joined the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, on Wednesday at the Agodi Government House.
Chief Sharafadeen Alli, the ZLP gubernatorial candidate had dropped his ambition for Makinde, after alleged failed promises made to them.
Bimbo Adepoju announced the new chairman at an emergency meeting well attended by other 28 party chairmen at the party Secretariat, Samonda Ibadan, said Senator Rashidi Ladoja remained the leader of ZLP in the state.
The meeting paid host to Chief Alli, all the 28 Local Government Chairmen of the party and other major stakeholders.
He appealed to the members to continue working because we are consulting with people.
Adepoju said; “We are here to look at the recent developments in our party, especially the defection of our chairman to the PDP. He joined the PDP without the consent of our father and leader, Chief Rashidi Adewolu Ladoja and other leaders of the party.
“However, the party is intact. As you can see, 28 of our chairmen are here. They are here to pledge support for our party and our leader, Chief Rashidi Ladoja who knows nothing about their meeting with Governor Seyi Makinde.
“I want to appeal to our members to continue working because we are consulting with people. The leader of PDP in the Southwest, former Governor Ayodele Fayose and our leader, Baba Ladoja are talking and I can assure you that everything will be clearer soon.”
In his acceptance speech as the acting chairman, Evangelist James Kolawole Olaniyan urged all members of the party to continue working for the progress of the party, adding that ZLP will soon spring a surprise in Oyo State.