A former governor of Oyo State, Chief Rashidi Ladoja, on Tuesday said he was lured into politics after he bankrolled the election of the late Chief Kolapo Ishola as the governor of the state in the Third Republic.
Ladoja, who turns 75 today, in an interview with journalists in Ibadan, recalled events that shaped his life.
The Osi Olubadan of Ibadanland said, “There are successes and failures. There are triumphs and disappointments. And in the long run, I will say that I’m grateful to God that I can claim more triumphs than disappointments.”
He als narrated how his opposition to the third term bid of ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo led to his impeachment in 2006 despite appeals by prominent Nigerians, including a late Yoruba leader, Pa Emmanuel Alayande, and a former Attorney General of the Federation, Prince Bola Ajibola, not to remove him.
According to the former governor, Obasanjo threatened to reduce him to “nobody” for daring to oppose his third term bid.
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