…Says it’s a victory of truth over falsehood
Chris Steven, Abuja
The All Progressives Congress in Oyo State has described the validation of Governor Abiola Ajimobi’s second term mandate by the governorship election petition tribunal as a victory of open truth over conspiracy of falsehood which should be celebrated by every lover of democracy and the rule of law in the country.
While delivering its ruling on Tuesday in a petition filed by the candidate of the Accord Party in the April 11, 2015 gubernatorial election, Senator Rashidi Ladoja, against the victory of Senator Abiola Ajimobi, the three-man tribunal led by Justice Mohammed Aliyu Maiyaki affirmed that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was right in declaring Ajimobi as validly elected to run a second term in office having scored the highest number of lawful votes to defeat Ladoja and others.
Reacting to the judgment, the Oyo state chapter of APC in a statement issued by its Director of Publicity and Strategy, Olawale Sadare, lauded the judiciary “for rising up to the occasion to defend democracy when it was being subjected to ridicule by some anti-democratic forces in the state.
“Ladoja had banked on his propaganda-induced popularity among a handful population in parts of the state as well as conspiracy in the camps of some reactionary forces to unseat a performing, dynamic and tactical incumbent governor but he got a good dose of painful defeat in the hands of the electorate the second time in four years.
“To the chagrin of the good people of the state and the global community, the Accord Party and its sole administrator (Ladoja) threw caution into the wind before, during and after the election in a bid to win at all cost.
They chose to discrediting a free, fair and credible election by citing irregularities which they failed to prove at the tribunal. But we knew that all Ladoja wanted was an avenue to remain prominent in the media and minds of his few supporters for longer days after the election.
“The development at the tribunal today lends further credence to the mandate free given to Sen. Ajimobi by the forward-looking electorate in the pace setter state and we are grateful to them.
Besides, we give kudos to the tribunal members who stood their ground when merchants of lies approached them. We also appreciate the media as well as security agencies and members of the general public for doing what was expected of them to protect democracy in the state.
“Now that Ladoja has been retired politically, we urge him to stop chasing shadows but deploy the remnants of his energy to support the government of the day and ensure that younger elements are encouraged to take up the mantle of leadership from the elderly ones for the good of the society.” Sadare added.