Former President, Olusegun Obasanjo, on Thursday, revealed how former Governor of Oyo State, Senator Rashidi Ladoja, rejected the move to end his differences with Lamidi Adedibu and Yekeen Adeojo.
Obasanjo while speaking in Ibadan, Oyo State capital disclosed that all efforts made by him to reconcile Ladoja, Adedibu and Adeojo failed.
He noted that the former Governor of Oyo State failed to accommodate his political leader when he emerged as Governor.
Obasanjo noted that Ladoja paid for his failure to be reconciled with his political leaders
The former President stated during the launching of former governor Adebayo Alao-Akala’s book, entitled “Amazing Grace”, held at the Trenchard Hall, University of Ibadan.
Present at the event included, Ekiti State governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, Oyo State deputy Governor, Engr. Rauf Olaniyan, Senator Fatai Buhari, Senator Teslim Folarin, 2019 APC guber candidates in Oyo State, Chief Adebayo Adelabu.
Others are Minister of Youth and Sport, Mr. Sunday Dare, Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III, Olubadan of Ibadan land, Oba Saliu Adetunji, Chief Niyi Akintola, Alhaja Abosede Adedibu, Hon. Akeem Adeyemi Former AIG Tunji Alapinin.
Obasanjo while speaking, 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.”
“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”.
Alao-Akala, while speaking, noted that he was a product of grace penciled in the hands of the creator who drew the picture of whom he become today, adding 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 life.
Akala said, “I call this history making, not strictly for any other reason but for it’s 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 are also documented which serve 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”.
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