The coast is clear is for a former Governor of Oyo State, Rashidi Ladoja, to formally declare his intentions to contest for the national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
A reliable source in Ladoja’s camp hinted E24-7 Mag.com on Wednesday that the popular Ibadan-born politician, after a wide consultation across Nigeria, has resolved to formally join the race for the top job of the party.
Ladoja who has picked his membership card of the party and left the Accord Party has been assured victory by top party faithful at the December Convention of the party, the source squealed.
Besides his credible credentials as one of the founders of the party, his popularity as a loyal party chieftain is not in deficit, said the source.
Last week, Ladoja in an interview with newsmen during the unity luncheon of the party held in Ede, Osun State said that before the end of September, “I will declare my ambition. At this moment, I am still consulting.” The unity parley, Ladoja said, would propel the party to relevance and win the five lost states in the South West to the All Progressives Congress (APC), except Ekiti State.
His decision to join the race came on the heels of the clarion call by former President Goodluck Jonathan to PDP members to avoid the mistake of choosing a wrong Chairman for the party.
Last week, Ladoja at the unity luncheon of the PDP held in Osogbo said the party must retrace its step from its past mistakes to regain dominance of the Southwest.
He assured that the bell of victory would start ringing for the party with the 2018 gubernatorial election in Osun and to the general election in 2019. Top party men in the race include Chief Bode George, a former Governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel and media entrepreneur, Chief Raymond Aleogho Dokpesi.
Rashidi Adewolu 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.By 2000, Ladoja had become a director of Standard Trust Bank Limited.
The astute businessman became the governor of Oyo State May 29, 2003, as a member of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).