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Ajimobi: My Father Predicted I Would Occupy Agodi Government House

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By Adeola Oladele, Ibadan

The Oluyole residence of Governor Abiola Ajimobi became a Mecca of sorts on Tuesday as well wishers, friends and political associates stormed the place to felicitate with the governor as the Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Ibadan upheld his election.

Not long after the tribunal verdict, the victory party moved to Agodi Parks/Gardens, Ibadan where Governor Ajimobi attended Oloye Lekan Alabi’s 65th birthday party. On the band stand was King of Juju music, King Sunny Ade who commended the governor for his victory.

Ajimobi had in his first term in office announced King Sunny Ade as the Emperor of Music and name him his Commissioner for Music.

Speaking briefly at the party, Ajimobi said his father predicted he would occupy Agodi Government House.

“What I would say is Let us just thank God. When me and my father visited Agodi to greet the governor at the time. In his prayer my father predicted that his son too (Ajimobi) would occupy the Agodi Government House.

“My advice is that all of us should pray and demand of God what we wanted or wanted our children to be”.

Senator Ladoja and his party, Accord had dragged Governor Ajimobi, All Progressives Congress (APC), the state’s Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Ambassador Rufus Akeju, and Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) before the tribunal over the result of the April 11 governorship election.

The tribunal on Tuesday upheld Ajimobi’s election, dismissing the petition filed by Accord party governorship candidate and former Governor Rashidi Ladoja, challenging the election results of April 11 governorship poll in the state.

Ibadan, the State capital, was generally calm last night as people moved about freely.

Supporters of Senator Ladoja did not engage in any protest of sort.

Speaking on the tribunal victory, Governor Ajimobi attributed it to God and the good people of the state who made it possible for him to break the second term jinx.

The governor also called on the opposition to join hands with him to move the state forward, using the medium to call on Senator Ladoja whom he referred to as his elder brother to move away from innuendoes, saying “we must stop seeing Oyo State as a big village, we must move away from pedestrian politics and treat the state as a force to be reckoned with within the comity of civilized states.”

Other supporters of the ruling APC in the state including the state’s deputy governor, Otunba Moses Alake Adeyemo, hailed the victory of the governor and called on the good people of the state to keep on supporting the party so that it would be able to continue with the good work it is doing in the state.

The state chairman of the party, Chief Akin Oke, while speaking with WESTERN POST hailed the victory of the governor at the tribunal, saying Accord party never had any case and alleged that what the party was trying to do was to blackmail APC.

The state’s Police Commissioner Leye Oyebade personally led a security team to the venue of the tribunal. The tribunal through its chairman, Justice Mohammed Aliyu Mayaki, in a four and half hour ruling dismissed Senator Ladoja’s petition, declaring that “the petitioner has woefully failed to establish his case”.

Justice Mayaki, who read out the tribunal’s unanimous verdict, had initially knocked off the evidence of  Senator Ladoja’s principal witness, Mr. Bimbo Adepoju, whose report of inspection of election materials used in the election would have provided strong foundation for the petition.

According to the tribunal chairman, Mr. Adepoju’s self-confession that he is a farmer of arable crops makes whatever evidence he might have given before the tribunal on the election documents to be merely personal.  Supporters of the All Progressives Congress candidate, Governor Ajimobi, who were there to see things for themselves burst into wide jubilation immediately the tribunal chairman upheld the election of Gov. Ajimobi.

The tribunal chairman said, “Issues relating to card readers, election documents, etc need to be handled by knowledgeable experts as they are technical. Mr. Adepoju has said he is a farmer of arable products and that he is a member of Accord party. So he and his inspection team are not neutral party. Their report cannot be relied upon by this tribunal.”

The tribunal also faulted the allegations of non-accreditation of voters, non-voting and other malpractices alleged by the other twenty-eight (28) witnesses who testified for Senator Ladoja and Accord Party, declaring that all the allegations were not proved beyond reasonable doubts.

Justice Mayaki held further: “the reliefs being sought cannot be granted. The election and return of Governor Ajimobi as the Oyo State governor is hereby upheld, having scored the majority of votes cast in the April 11 election. Accordingly, the petition is dismissed.”

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