Today in history, in 2006, Rasheed Ladoja was impeached as Governor of Oyo State on allegations of corruption.
Newsbreak.ng reports that Ladoja was removed by a section of the Oyo State House of Assembly with the support of then-President Olusegun Obasanjo and controversial Ibadan politician, Chief Lamidi Adedibu (of blessed memory).
The governor was replaced with his deputy, now-late Adebayo Alao Akala who nominated Chief Adedibu’s personal assistant, Hazeem Gbolarumi as his deputy.
In the run-up to the impeachment, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP’s) National Chairman, Ahmadu Ali characterised Adedibu as the ‘’garrison commander’’ of Oyo State.
Following Ladoja’s clearly illegal impeachment, his deputy, Akala was sworn in as the state Governor.
The illegality of Ladoja’s sack spurred a massive protest on January 23, 2006, in Ibadan, Oyo State as thousands of people took to the streets.
Ladoja fought his impeachment process in the court, and in November 2006, an Appeal Court sitting in Ibadan, Oyo State overturned the Oyo chief’s removal as governor.
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