Former Oyo State governor and ex-chieftain of the African Democratic Congress (ADC), Senator Rashidi Ladoja, yesterday denied leaving his anointed governorship candidate, Senator Olufemi Lanlehin, in the African Democratic Congress, ADC.
The former governor said Lanlehin refused to follow him to his new party, Zenith Labour Party (ZLP).
Ladoja added that he explained the need to leave for another party to Lanlehin but that he rejected the idea.
The former governor said he enjoys loyalty of his followers but also pointed out that people are free to make their choices.
He added: “My apprehension was that the way we were going, we might not be able to win the election because some areas in Ibarapa, Oke-Ogun and Ibadan were not catered for at all. And our friends (Unity Forum members) were dodging discussions on their decisions.”
The former governor accused the forum members of taking unilateral decisions and then came back to appeal to him to overlook their impositions.
He said the last straw was the imposition of the deputy governorship candidate, Mr Saheed Alaran, who hails from Iseyin, the same town that produced the House of Representatives and House of Assembly candidates.