2015: Ladoja, Alao-Akala take battle to Abuja
Barring any unforeseen development, the major gladiators in the battle for the governorship seat of Oyo State in next year’s elections may hold a crucial meeting with the wife of the president, Dame Patience Jonathan, in Abuja today. A source, who did not want to be named, told Sunday Tribune on Saturday that leader of Accord and its governorship candidate in the 2011 elections, Senator Rashidi Ladoja; his former deputy who is also a former governor of the state, Chief Christopher Adebayo Alao-Akala; and former Senate Leader, Teslim Folarin, are among those expected at the meeting.
According to the source, the meeting, which is at the instance of a minister, is meant to seek Presidency’s nod to have Ladoja run as governorship candidate of the PDP in Oyo State in 2015. It will be recalled that Ladoja had been reported to have earlier held similar meetings with leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) at the instance of a former president.
Those meetings, it was learnt, were aimed at getting the APC to deny Governor Abiola Ajimobi of the party’s ticket in favour of Senator Ladoja.
However, the former governor, according to sources is neither taking any chance nor waiting for the APC to take its decision, hence, the need to seek the face of the presidency for a possible harvest of the PDP’s governorship ticket for the state.
The source said; “contrary to the denial by newspaper reports that Ladoja was also talking to the APC leadership, the disclaimer was far from being the truth. Ladoja, indeed, met the leadership of the APC; first, Senator Bola Tinubu; later, he met with Chief Pius Akinyelure and Chief Segun Oni.”
In the meantime, Governor Ajimobi’s re-election bid received a boost at the weekend as youths of the APC in the 11 local government areas of Oyo North Senatorial district of the state endorsed him for a second term.
The youth, led by Mr Dauda Ajana, met in Saki town, where they rose in unison to ask Governor Ajimobi to continue “his transformation of the state.”
A communiqué issued at the end of the meeting and signed by Ajana said Governor Ajimobi had performed creditably well to deserve a second term in office, describing his administration as the first to employ a large number of youths.
In addition to youth empowerment, he added that the administration had done so much in road construction, restored the scenic beauty of the major cities in the state and engendered peace and tranquility.
Speaking while addressing the mammoth crowd of youths, APC chairman in Oyo North, Mr A. Oyetunji, said APC remained the only party with the interest of the people at heart, adding that there was nothing a PDP government could offer the state and the country