By Adeola Oladele, Ibadan
Following the tribunal judgement of Justice Muhammed Mayaki that truck out the petition filed by the Accord Party governorship candidate, Senator Rashidi Ladoja, challenging the victory of Governor Abiola Ajimobi of the All Progressives Congress APC in the April 11 governorship poll in Oyo State, Senator Ladoja, has berated the governor for his unguarded utterances over his victory at the tribunal, while vowing to challenge the judgment at the Appeal Court.
The former governor of the state made the vow during a press briefing he held in his house at Bodija, Ibadan on Sunday, where he made his decision known to appeal the judgement.
He noted that the dismissal of his petition did not come as a surprise to him, adding that it was a great burden and challenge to the judiciary.
Ladoja, who spoke through the Director-General of his campaign organization, Hon. Adeolu Adeleke disclosed that Ajimobi had boasted at different fora that he had secured the victory of the tribunal ever before the judgement wes delivered, stating that he (Ajimobi) claimed to have settled all the election petition tribunals in the state and that none of the panel would nullify the election of any member of his party(APC), having boasted again that the Court of Appeal could never nullify his election.
While describing the judgement of Justice Mayaki as a travesty of justice which was full of contradictions and legal somersault, Ladoja observed with dismay the series of verbal attacks launched by Gov. Ajimobi against his person for exercising his fundamental human rights of challenging him (Ajimobi) over his governorship victory, which he said was characterised by malpractices.
“It is widely known that Senator Rashidi Ladoja is not only a cousin to Senator Abiola Ajimobi but also a benefactor who deserves a total respect,” he added.
The Accord gubernatorial candidate in the state also stressed that the continued desecration of the Office of the Governor by the occupier with his garrulous statements and pettiness was worrisome not only to people of the state, but also to the whole world that are making mockery of the pacesetter state.
Sen. Ladoja, however, reiterated his stand to retrieve his mandate trough the instrumentality of the law, irrespective of the amount of attacks laid by Ajimobi and his cohorts against him.
While applauding the decision of the state government to relocate beggars, the Accord chieftain regretted the astronomical increase in the number of beggars in the state, which according to him, was occasioned by the bad economic policies of Gov Ajimobi led administration, coupled with unemployment and non-payment of salary of civil servants.
Sen. Ladoja, while restating his commitment to the realization and actualization of the mandate freely given to him by people of the state, expressed appreciation to them for acceding to his directive not to embark on any form of protest after the delivery of what he called questionable judgement at the tribunal.