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As Ladoja faults Akala’s second term bid

By Ola Ajayi
AS controversy deepens over the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, governorship flagbearer in Oyo State come 2011, the former Governor of Oyo State, Senator Rashidi Ladoja has said anybody talking about second term now is definitely afraid of his shadow.

The ex-governor said any serious incumbent governor who was concerned about the welfare of his people would avoid any diversionary factor like campaigning for a second term ticket when he still had almost one year to govern the state.

Governor Adebayo Alao-Akala has not left anyone in doubts that he wants to get the party’s nod for another four years. Recently, some elders in the party led by Chief Richard Akinjide, a former Minister of Justice, with some former governors of the state had indicated their support for the governor’s ambition.

But, his endorsement had met with stiff resistance by some people who believed the governor did not deserve to be voted for the second term. Among these people are Senator Rashidi Ladoja, Senator Teslim Folarin, Senate Leader, Elder Wole Oyelese, Senator Lekan Balogun and Alhaji Yekini Adeojo.

When Vanguard called him on phone, the Special Adviser to the governor on Public Communication, Prince Dotun Oyelade said the governor could not be distracted in any way.

He said, “Akala is not distracted, hence, his achievement in the past three years. Besides, like in working democracy the world over, people deserve to express their desires. Ladoja had hinted  since last year that he would run. Does that mean he is unserious”?

Ladoja made reference to President Goodluck Jonathan, saying because he is focused, he is not talking about any election now. According to him, the president knows he still has about one year to govern and many things can still be done.

Asked to state categorically if he would be contesting the election, he said time was not ripe for it now, adding that the party had not directed that primaries should be conducted.

“I believe it is not right for politicking now. Anybody talking about a second term with one year to election is either not a popular candidate of the people or he is afraid of his non-performance. If people know you and can see what you have done, you don’t need to be making unnecessary noise now”, he stated.


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