As battle over the 2015 governorship poll in Oyo state shifts to the Supreme Court, the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state has insisted that it has put paid to the political ambition of the Accord Party candidate, Senator Rashidi Ladoja, even as it suggested that the former governor could come back to people’s reckoning if only certain conditions were met by him.
Reacting to reports in some national dailies on Wednesday which quoted Ladoja as saying that the APC could not send him into political oblivion, the ruling party in a statement issued by its Director of Publicity and Strategy, Olawale Sadare, stated that it could only sympathize with the former governor who he described as fighting a lost battle as far as the 2015 gubernatorial election in Oyo state was concerned for jejune personal reasons.
“In the first place, it is to the common knowledge of the public that Ladoja’s political career has ended on a sad note and his pains in this regard are self-inflicted. If not self-delusion; what else can make a septuagenarian, who has had to lose same election consecutively for a record three times after being imposed on the the people for a disastrous first term, believe he could be governor again in a state where competent and promising materials are in abundance?
“This was a man who never hid his contempt for political leaders, first class monarchs, eminent religious personalities as well as all leaders of thought while holding sway as governor of the state and this was largely responsible for turbulence of that time which eventually consumed him. With the same toga of disrespect for the wishes and aspirations of the vast majority, he continued to pursue a comeback bid but failed as he tried.
“Pointedly, Ladoja’s perceived political relevance has always been exaggerated as lacks virtually all the qualities of those who have made and those who still make indelible marks in the political space globally. It is even a mystery that his Accord Party in the state being run by him and his wives could survive till this stage without any semblance of democratic management. But with his recent resolve to rock the boat of democracy and good governance in the state, he has nailed his own political coffin.
“However Ladoja stands a good chance of staging a comeback and become an issue in the politics and governance of Oyo State if he could meet the following conditions; first, come up with a magic to reduce his age by at least 20 years. Second, apologize for the needless tortuous experience which he subjected the entire state to during and after his reign as governor. Third, return all his loot to the coffers of the state government as well as all the slush funds he received from former President Jonathan in the build up to the 2015 general elections. Lastly, free all the people he has subjected to political bondage in the guise of offering them leadership and hope for survival.
Similarly, the APC urged the Ibadan high chief to thread with caution in his anticipated dream to mount the throne of Olubadan of Ibadanland.