By Ola Ajayi
IBADANâ€”Former Governor of Oyo State, Senator Rashidi Ladoja, weekend, remained evasive on his political ambition for 2011, saying when the time comes, the people of the state would decide.
Ladoja was reported to have declared his intention to contest the governorship election come 2011.
But when he was feilding questions from newsmen weekend, he tactfully avoided saying whether he would contest or not.
He said, it would be wrong for people to be thinking of contesting in the forthcoming election, when they are not sure if they would even live to see the next five days.
The ex-governor said this after his promotion by the Olubadan-in-Council from Ekarun to Ekerin Olubadan of Ibadanland. According to the governor, 2011 is still very far for anybody to be saying whether he would contest or not.
But an impeccable source confided in Vanguard that the former governor has concluded all plans to contest the election with his former deputy who is now the incumbent governor. The source added that the former governor said he was not allowed to complete his tenure, so there is nothing wrong for him if he decides to contest now.
Ladoja said, â€œWhy should we be bothering ourselves with 2011 when we are still in 2009. If by Godâ€™s grace, Iâ€™m alive by that time and the people of Oyo State still want, then I will devote my life to their service. I will consider it and may decide to do it. Whether I am going to contest or not, let us wait till 2011.
In an earlier interview, Governor Adebayo Alao-Akala said Ladojaâ€™s decision to contest the election would be tantamount to political suicide adding that if it was difficult for the ex-governor when he was in power to contest with him and win, how feasible would it be now that he is out of power.
Ladoja further clarified that his traditional role would not hinder his political carrer. Oba Samuel Odulana, last year gave a directive to all his chiefs to steer clear of partisan politics.
Senator Ladoja who was promoted from Ekarun to Ekerin Olubadan of Ibadanland among five other high chiefs promoted by the Olubadan-in-council on Saturday.
On the feuding parties in the state, he said they are awaiting the mediatory role by the Ike Nwachukwu committee which will be meeting them this month.
He advised politicians especially those intending to vie for positions in the next election not be blindfolded by some praisesingers following them saying ti is for the people who would vote to decide who governs them and not the party members.
â€œWhen I was about to be impeached, all the people like Elder Wole Oyelese, Senator Lekan Balogun, Alhaji Yekini Adeojo and Chief Richard Akinjide were on the wrong side. They were with Late Lamidi Adedibu.
That was their group at that time. It is not the group that matters but what the people of the state say. They are not more than the population. It is the people that are going to vote. They are the ones to decide what will happen , it is not the politiciansâ€ he said.