Rashidi Ladoja has often fascinated me as the metaphor of a man who loses his opportunity and is looking for redemption. In the tribunal verdict last week, he flunked out of grace again. When he was governor, he reigned in turbulence.
The city knew neither peace nor progress. Adedibu clucked in hauteur. Infrastructure and education crawled. He so mismanaged politics that he allowed it to fall into the hands of a man who should be a social secretary in a local government down in a rural retreat outside Ogbomosho: Alao-Akala. The good people of Ibadan seized their state back and gave it to Abiola Ajimobi, who has brought back to life the city that soared in J.P. Clark’s famous poem.
It is hard times now, but Oyo State should be in the hands of an Ajimobi who saved the city and gave it splendour of looks and infrastructure renewal than the man under whom the city groaned. There are other good jobs Ladoja can do. Governing Oyo State is not one of them.