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Barely six days after the Chairnan of the All Progressives Congress Caretaker and Extraordinary Convention Planning, Mai Mala Buni and two other governors met with some leaders in the southwest , former Governor of Oyo state, Chief Rashidi Ladoja and the father of former speaker ,House of Representatives, Chief Alani Bankole held a closed door meeting in his Abeokuta’s residence .
The two elderstatemen held a marathon meeting which lasted for four hours ended at 5:pm .
PLATFORM TIMES gathered that the meeting might not be unconnected with the 2023 election .
Ladoja which described his visit with Bankole as a usual visit to his brother .
PLATFORM TIMES reliably gathered that the three governors including Buni had asked some leaders including Ladoja and Bankole to recommend the most acceptable persons in the region for possible consideration .
Speaking after the meeting , Ladoja charged the youths in the country to be politically active in the coming election .
He however said he and Bankole have left partisan politics for the youths in the country .
Speaking on zoning , Ladoja described it as the arrangement of political parties to win elections ,adding that zone in the country has competent people to lead the country .
He urged the youths to take the bull by the horn and present themselves for leadership responsibility in the coming election .
He said ” I came to visit my brother . It was a usual visit . I have quit partisan politics and my brother (Bankole ) had left partisan politics .
“One needs to quit when the ovation is loudest for the young ones.”
” I will advise the youths to present themselves for the leadership positions.
“It is a stupid thought that Nigerian politics has been monetised . What do they spend on posters , vote buying and parties agents .
“If the youths support their candidates who will collect money from them ?
“I told the teachers in Oyo state to present some.of them for political positions . They can sponsor them with what they have.”
Ladoja however declined assessing the state of the nation, saying, he was no more a politician .
Bankole also declined comment on th the reasons for the closed-door meeting with Ladoja .
A source who is privy to the meeting hinted that the meeting was a follow up to the earlier meetings with Buni and other governors .
The source added that it was to further to strategise on how to actualise Buni-led meeting with South West leaders .