Accord not party to plot against Ajimobi, says Ladoja

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Jul 28th, 2014
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•Ex-governor insists on contesting in 2015

Former Oyo State Governor Senator Rashidi Ladoja has dissociated Accord party from the purported plan by the state House of Assembly to impeach Governor Abiola Ajimobi.

The former governor, who was fielding questions from journalists shortly after observing the Eid-el-Fitri prayer at the University of Ibadan Central Mosque, said the party has instructed its members in the Assembly to distance themselves from any attempt at plunging the state into crisis and chaos.

He noted that there was no reason for the House to wake up suddenly with accusation against the governor over any misconduct towards the end of his administration.

Ladoja challenged the House to publish whatever was the misconduct of the governor for people to see.

He added that any move to cause threat and discomfort for his cousin would not receive his blessing and that of his party.

The former governor said he had suffered impeachment as a person before and got justice from the Supreme Court and would never support any such plan.

He said: “I cannot understand the basis of anybody in the House of Assembly suddenly waking up to nurse any impeachment ambition against Governor Ajimobi. In any case, Accord is not a party to it.

“I cannot understand why they will wake up and say there is misconduct. Let them publish it for people to see. But as far as I am concerned, our party is not part of any purported plan to impeach Governor Abiola Ajimobi.

“We have told Accord members in the House that we are not party to it and that they must distance themselves from it. As a matter of principle and reason, how many months does the governor have left in office? How many months do we have to the general elections?”

He vowed that he would pick the party’s expression of interest form for the 2015 governorship election.

Ladoja, who said he had not endorsed any person for the poll, stated that his contesting the poll would depend on the permission of his party members.

He said: “I can only endorse myself. I intend to pick the expression of interest form to contest the 2015 governorship elections. But this will be based on if my party wishes that I should contest the election.”

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