Sustained merger discussion between the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and the leadership of the Accord Party continued yesterday following the visit of the PDP chieftains on Accord National Leader, Sen. Rashidi, Ladoja in Ibadan.
The discussion, which was held in Ibadan further boost previous merger talks between them as the parties re-align forces preparatory to the 2019 general elections and others between now and then.
Led by a former military governor of Lagos State, Brig. Gen. Raji Rasaki (rtd), the team discussed with the Ladoja team the need to integrate fully with the PDP before the national convention of the party slated for next month.
On the team were the State Chairman, Mr. Yinka Taiwo; a former senator representing Oyo Central Senatorial District, Ayo Adeseun; a former Chief of Staff to Governor Adebayo Alao-Akala, Dr Saka Balogun; Mrs Bose Adedibu and proprietor, Jogor Centre, Mr Femi Babalola, among others.
Sources confirmed that Senators Teslim Folarin and Hosea Agboola were also billed to attend the meeting but they travelled for an urgent engagement.
The team was the committee set up by the state chapter of the PDP to work on the integration of Ladoja and his team into the PDP at the shortest possible time.
The source said both parties were yet to present their terms of engagement but that they have indicated willingness to work together in preparation to the 2019 elections.
It was learnt that the meeting went well with both sides looking forward to starting negotiations on the proposed merger.
Both the PDP and Accord lost to the APC in the 2015 general elections. The merger talks arose from the belief in both parties that the merger will produce a formidable party to contend with the APC in future elections.