The leader of the Accord Party (AP) and former governor of Oyo State, Senator Rasheed Ladoja has said that the yardstick to measure the popularity of leading parties in the state was the local government election but lamented that the state government did not show willingness to conduct the poll.
Speaking at the inauguration of its Ibadan South West Local Government party secretariat at Oke-Ado on Wednesday, Ladoja said, "We don't know when the local government poll would be conducted but we shall not be caught unawares. By law, we should be given five-month notice but even if given one week we shall be victorious.
"During the general elections, we prepared for only three months and to their surprise we made notable mark. We don't fight and we don't engage in thuggery, but we are not fools.
"Today, Accord is spreading across the South-West. We did not contest election in Ondo State because the Labour Party and Accord are one. The same thing that took me away from the PDP led Mimiko out of the party. We are going to inaugurate Accord in Ekiti in a short time from now.
"What distinguishes our party is that we are self sustained. Our party is spreading fast. It is surprising to all, including the state government that Accord is flourishing," the former governor said.
Ladoja said that the party's glory had subsumed the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) in the state as a result of the defection of former PDP loyalists to Accord.
The former governor disclosed that members of the PDP and Action Congress of Nigeria(ACN) have defected to the party.
According to him, the defection of former members of PDP and ACN into Accord reflected the fact that the latter was the people's choice.
"There is no doubting the fact that the PDP is dying in Oyo just as our party (Accord) is spreading not only in this state but across the South-West. I want to say that while we are progressing as a party we should maintain our integrity. Let me also advice our party men against thuggery.