Chief Oyèdélé Hakeem Àlàó, the ex-Alliance for Democracy (AD) gubernatorial candidate in the 2019 election has described High Chief Senator Rashidi Adewolu Ladoja as “the political enigma of our time” and prayed Allah to grant more years on earth in sound health.
This was contained in a statement made available to newsmen in Ibadan by his media spokesman, Omotayo Iyanda, on Sunday night, 26 September, 2021.
Engr Hakeem Àlàó, the Asiwaju of Iroko, Akinyele Local Government said High Chief Rashidi Ladoja, the Osi Olubadan of Ibadan land and former governor of Oyo State had been playing a fatherly role in the traditional and socio-political life of the state since he left office as the Executive Governor of Oyo State in 2007.
The Asiwaju of Iroko said Senator Ladoja had been enigmatic and living above board since after leaving office on 29 May, 2007 in that he had been consistent in politics and playing a good role in chosing a good political leadership for the people of Oyo State.
“In the 2007 governorship election, High Chief Ladoja played an active role, repeated the same role in 2011 by ensuring that late Senator Isiak Abiola Ajimobi became the governor of Oyo state, same role he played in 2019 for the sitting governor in the state, Engr Oluwaseyi Abiodun Mákindé.
“It’s always a pity, however, that dreams and aspirations are not usually achieved having these leaders into office.
“We can only implore our father in whom we are pleased, High Chief Ladoja, to continue to play his selfless leadership role in taking Oyo to a greater heights as he marks his 77th birthday yesterday, 25 September, 2021.
“The gentle mien, uncommon maturity and calm with which Baba handles political matters and issues in Oyo State in particular and Nigeria as a whole always appeal to people like us.
“May you live long, our father, High Chief Rashidi Adewolu Ladoja, the Osi Olubadan of our Ibadan land! Igba Odún, Odún kan! Ki e pe laaye, ke po laro!” prays Hakeem Àlàó.