Politics

Ladoja: I won’t contest in 2019

Former governor of Oyo State, Sen. Rashidi Ladoja, has revealed that he would not contest the 2019 governorship election.

Ladoja disclosed this on an Ibadan-based radio station, Fresh FM, programme, Political Circuit, on Saturday.

He explained that he had personal reasons for not joining the next governorship race.

According to him, he was inching closer to the the throne of the Olubadan, a position he desires to occupy if God permits.

Ladoja said he has other reasons to leave the stage for others because he has done enough in Oyo politics.

The former governor said he did not want to contest the 2015 election but that his party, Accord, forced him to join the race because of his goodwill and popularity among the people which they believed would help Accord win the election.

Ladoja, who was emphatic about his decision, said he has had enough of the governorship race, pointing out that it was the reasons he joined the national chairmanship race of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

He added that he would not have joined the chairmanship race if he still intended to contest as governor in 2019.

Ladoja was the governor of the state from 2003 to 2007 under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). He joined Accord in 2010 and contested under his new party in 2011 and 2015. He lost to the incumbent, Abiola Ajimobi, on the two occasions.

He returned to the PDP two major months ago.

When asked the reason he was contesting for the chairmanship position of the party, Ladoja explained that his main agenda was to right the wrongs of the past by creating a level-playing ground for all aspirants for all positions in elections across Nigeria.

“I was a victim of that. I am contesting to ensure that no other party member falls victim of that. I will create a level-playing ground for every party member in all parts of Nigeria.” He said

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