Former governor of Oyo State and gubernatorial candidate of the Accord Party for the next month’s general elections, Senator Rashidi Ladoja, has told his critics that he is not too old to govern the state again.
He made the declaration at the official flag-off of the party’s campaign and presentation of flags to all candidates of the party held at Durbar Stadium in Oyo town yesterday, where he was received by thousands of his supporters.
Ladoja wondered why people are raising issues about his age at 70 when the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Gen Mohammadu Buhari (rtd), who wants to rule the country, is 72.
The former governor thanked the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III, for the privilege given him to flag off his campaign in Oyo town. He said: “They said Ladoja is old and we asked: How old is Buhari? A 72-year-old man wants to rule Nigeria as president and you are saying 70-year-old Senator Rashidi Ladoja cannot rule a state. It is not fair.”
He expressed confidence that his party would coast home to victory, winning governorship, national and state assembly elections. “By the grace of God, I will win and our candidates for the three senatorial districts, the House of Representatives and House of Assembly will win.
Ladoja further promised to make lives more meaningful for the people of the state if voted into power. “If you vote for us, we will make life meaningful for the people of the state. The farmers and unemployed youths should not lose hope because we will establish companies,” he said.
The state chairman of the party, Mr. Bashiru Lawal, on his part, said it was wrong for anybody to say that Ladoja is too old to govern the state, adding that the place of experience in governance should not be wished away.