By Ola Ajayi
GOVERNOR Adebayo Alao-Akala of Oyo State, Monday, said his former boss, Senator Rashidi Ladoja had lost his electoral value and trying to contest the 2011 poll was tantamount to political suicide.
Ladoja who declared his intention to vie for the governorship election in the state, said he wanted to liberate the people from hoodlums who had hijacked governance for their personal enrichment.
He said it would be unfair to his children and good people of the state if he watched while thugs were having their ways and feeding fat on the people.
His declaration came 48 hours after Governor Akala expressed interest to contest the election for the second term. The event which was held at the popular Lekan Salami Staduim witnessed a large turn out of the supporters of the incumbent governor.
He said his un-equaled achievements in the state would give him electoral victory over other contestants.
Akala, through his Special Adviser on Public Communication, Prince Dotun Oyelade, said Ladoja’s declaration could only attract the opposite of what he intended “because he gratuitously frittered away his goodwill by failing to perform during his crisis-ridden tenure.”
He said Ladoja had political value but his electoral value had unfortunately diminished so embarrassingly.
“If the ex-governor is contemplating contesting the election on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, which he had derided so often, his (Ladoja) fate was awaiting him and “if he chooses the party of his co-adventurers, he couldn’t fare better”, Akala stated.