By Ola Ajayi
IBADAN—FORMER Governor of Oyo State, Senator Rashidi Ladoja, yesterday said the remoured plans to impeachGovernor Abiola Ajimobi, was unnecessary especially when the 2015 election is near, saying members of his Accord would not be part of it.
This came as he broke his silence on his rumoured governorship ambition, saying he would contest the 2015 gubernatorial election.
The former governor while speaking with newsmen in his Bodija residence, Ibadan, insisted that whatever Ajimobi’s alleged misconduct might be, the state lawmakers ought to have published such misconduct before their purported move.
While distancing himself and his party from rumoured impeachment moves.
He said “I know what it means to be impeached as I have been a victim of impeachment before and I don’t wish it for my brother, Ajimobi. If the purported moves by the lawmakers to impeach the governor are true at all, Accord lawmakers in the Assembly are not part of it. We have met our lawmakers and we have told them that Accord will not be part of any moves to impeach the governor, if at all the report is correct,”
Ladoja, who is the national leader of the Accord governed the state between 2003 and 2007 during which he was controversially impeached. But the impeachment was later declared illegal by the Supreme Court.
The ex-governor is the only one so far in his party to have shown interest in the governorship slot State Chairman of the party, Architect Bashir Lawal had said no other aspirant would contest the governorship slot.
When asked to put to rest insinuations surrounding his ambition, he simply said, “If there is any candidate that I will support as my party’s governorship candidate in the 2015 governorship election, the candidate is Senator Rashidi Adewolu Ladoja. But this is subject to my party’s approval in the primaries. So, I endorse myself if the party gives me the chance to govern the state again.”
With this development, Oyo state governorship election will now be keenly contested among Ladoja, Governor Abiola Ajimobi, Otunba Adebayo Alao-Akala, who also governed the state from 2007 to 2011 and other contestants from other political parties.
Senator Ladoja who is also a delegate at the National conference in the meantime said out that developments at the national conference had helped to bring into limelight various requirements of the components that make up Nigeria while the calibre of delegates had also helped in handling the situation in matured ways especially on such issue as derivation formula.