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OYDA congratulates Ladoja on 76th birthday - ITREALMS

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The Oyo Democratic Alliance (OYDA) has extended good wishes to a former Governor of Oyo State, Chief Adewolu Ladoja, Osi Olubadan of Ibadanland on the occasion of his 76th birthday, reports ITREALMS.
OYDA Chairman, Wole Adedoyin on Friday in a statement available to ITREALMS, commended the former governor for his services to Oyo State and Nigeria over the years, especially his days as a federal legislator, and NADECO leader.

OYDA while congratulating Ladoja, urged Gov. Seyi Makinde of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to learn from the former governor’s consistency and loyalty to the course of Oyo State and in positioning the state to a greater height.

OYDA further described Chief Ladoja, as a patriot and political leader who has contributed so much to the growth of the nation’s democracy and also steadily provided a ladder for budding leaders to grow and contribute to national development.

The group prayed God to grant him long life and more success in all his endeavors in life.

Rashidi Adewolu Ladoja (born 25 September 1944) is a businessman who became governor of Oyo State in Nigeria on 29 May 2003 as a member of the People's Democratic Party (PDP). Ladoja was born on 25 September 1944 in Gambari village near Ibadan. He attended Ibadan Boys High School (1958–1963) and Olivet Baptist High School (1964–1965). He studied at the University of Liège, Belgium (1966–1972) where he earned a degree in Chemical Engineering. He obtained a job with Total Nigeria, an oil company, where he worked for 13 years in various positions before entering private business in 1985. His business interests include Shipping, Manufacturing, Banking, Agriculture and Transportation. He was elected to the Senate of Nigeria in 1993 during the short-lived Nigerian Third Republic, he was a member of the United Nigeria Congress Party (UNCP) during the Abacha Political Transition. By 2000, Ladoja had become a director of Standard Trust Bank Limited.

Ladoja was elected governor of Oyo State in April 2003 on the PDP platform, and took office on 29 May 2003.

On 12 January 2006, Ladoja was impeached by Oyo State legislators and forced out of office. His deputy, Christopher Adebayo Alao-Akala, was sworn in as the new governor. On 1 November 2006, the Appeal Court in the state capital, Ibadan, declared the impeachment null and illegal, but advised waiting for confirmation of this decision by the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court upheld the decision on 11 November 2009, and Ladoja officially resumed office on 12 December 2006.

Ladoja was the governorship candidate for Accord party in Oyo State during the April 2011 and 2015 elections, he lost to Senator Abiola Ajimobi. He later merged his Accord Party into PDP in 2017. Dispute in PDP made him and other allies (from Labour Party, All Progressives Congress APC etc.) to move over African Democratic Congress (ADC) in 2018. After a brief sojourn in ADC which proved to be a marriage of strange bedfellows, Ladoja with his followers moved to the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) in December 2018.

Ayo Midele/Editor

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