Contrary to speculation that he had endorsed a former senator, Barr. Olufemi Lanlehin, as his preferred choice for the 2019 governorship election, former governor Rashidi Ladoja as described it as untrue.
This is just as Ladoja, who is contesting the national chairmanship election of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, said that he won’t go back to his vomit by contesting the 2019 governorship election in the state.
Reacting to the allegation in an interview with Sunday Tribune, Ladoja revealed that former secretary to the state government, Barr. Sharafadeen Alli, Engr. Seyi Makinde are close to him like Sen. Lanlehin, adding that “All of them are close to me. I told you Seyi was here. Sharafadeen Alli comes here. I told you earlier that we don’t even know who and who is interested in the governorship, because the bell has not been rung to say start taking your nomination forms.”
He added: “We have not said start, and you talking about anointed candidate is like saying some people have run the race to the breast tape. Has Lanlehin told you he wants to contest for governorship? The fact that Seyi Makinde contested for governor the other time, does it mean he must always contest for governor? Sharafadeen Alli that contested for deputy governor the other time, does it mean he must continue contesting as deputy governor? And people who also have aspiration and feel that the time is not right, can’t they come out when they feel the time is right?