Former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has said that Oyo State governor, Rashidi Ladoja was impeached because he was ungrateful to the late Chief Lamidi Adedibu and Chief Yekini Adeojo.
The former president made the revelation on Thursday at the launching of Chief Adebayo Alao-Akala’s autobiography, titled ‘Amazing Grace,’ in Ibadan, on Thursday.
Obasanjo, who governed the country from 1999 to 2007, said Ladoja deliberately failed to accommodate the two political leaders in his government.
He said that all his attempts to reconcile Ladoja with the duo were unsuccessful as the former governor turned deaf ears to all his entreaties, adding that it was the reason he paid heavily for it.
Speaking on Alao-Akala’s narration on page 140 of the book, Obasanjo said: “You pointed out on page 140 that Ladoja picked up a quarrel with me for reason of a non-existent third term. I didn’t know that Ladoja picked up a quarrel, that his becoming governor was due to the grace of God and major contributions of two people- Yekinni Adeojo from whom the party structure was wretched and Chief Adedibu who spearheaded the whole programme.
“I pleaded with him to make accommodation for them both. He told me that they were all Ibadan people and they knew how to deal with themselves. He subsequently proved himself right as they dealt with themselves and he, Ladoja, came out the worse for it.”
In his address, Alao-Akala, who succeeded Ladoja in 2007 after serving as his deputy and acting governor when Ladoja was impeached, noted that he was a product of grace penciled in the hands of the creator who drew the picture of whom he become today. He added that God brought him from junctures where many who had great and greater hope of tomorrow fell.
He pointed out that the title of his autobiography, “Amazing Grace,” was not a happenstance but rather an audacity of providence to bring him out of the dungeon of a hopeless tomorrow into the fulfilment of a destiny.
“I call this history-making, not strictly for any other reason but for the fulfilment of my long anticipated desire to codify how the tragic death of my father in a road accident in 1952 single-handedly threatened to swamp my dream of getting to the cusp of my life aspirations but how providence miraculously found for me a path to the top.
“How I became governor of Oyo State is also documented which serves as a reminder to those who may be prone to being quickly swept off by the amnesia of history that God used me and my team of dependable colleagues at that period in time to change the lives of the people in the state,” Alao-Akala said.
Also speaking, the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III lamented that his role on how Alao-Akala became the deputy governor and later governor was not acknowledged in the book.
Dignitaries at the event include Ekiti State governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi; Oyo State deputy governor, Engr. Rauf Olaniyan; Sen. Fatai Buhari; Senator Teslim Folarin; APC governorship candidate in Oyo State in the 2019 election, Chief Adebayo Adelabu; Minister of Youth and Sports, Mr. Sunday Dare; Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III; Olubadan of Ibadan land, Oba Saliu Adetunji; Chief Niyi Akintola (SAN); Alhaja Abosede Adedibu; Hon. Akeem Adeyemi and retired AIG Tunji Alapinni among others.