Former Oyo State governor, Senator Rashidi Ladoja, has explained reason he was absent at the swearing-in of the new governor of the state, Seyi Makinde.
Ladoja was a pivotal figure in Makinde’s victory but was conspicuously absent at the new governor’s inauguration prompting insinuation that they have fallen out.
Denying the rift rumour, the former governor in a statement his media aide, Alhaji Lanre Latinwo, released on Thursday said he could not attend the inauguration because it coincided with his late son, Debola’s death anniversary.
The statement read in part: “The death of the 31-year-old Debola Ladoja, a promising son of the former governor of Oyo State exactly five years on May 29, 2019, was responsible for the absence of the Ibadan High Chief, Senator Rashidi Adewolu Ladoja at yesterday’s (Wednesday’s) swearing in ceremony of Engineer Oluseyi Makinde as the governor of the state.
“Debola was working in a financial organisation before he met his untimely death in the early hours of May 29, 2014.
“The former governor kept the reason to himself in order not to dampen the high spirit of the people around him. This fact was also hidden from the governor himself out of respect for the occasion and what it meant to the people of the state, when he visited High Chief Ladoja where he stayed up till the time of breaking of the day’s fast.”