The All progressives Congress (APC) in Oyo State has slammed the decision of Governorship candidate of the Accord Party in the last elections, Senator Rashidi Ladoja, to challenge the verdict of the tribunal which last week upheld the election of Governor Abiola Ajimobi of the APC.
In a statement issued on Monday by the party’s Director of Publicity and Strategy, Olawale Sadare, the APC described Ladoja’s decision to head to the Court of Appeal as “a wild goose chase expected of a retiring political player”.
According to the statement, “approaching the tribunal to upturn the mandate freely given the candidate of the All Progressives Congress in the last governorship election in the state is tantamount to seeking an open miracle with which one can turn a pit latrine into a well where potable water could be drawn. We can only wish Ladoja a long life at retirement notwithstanding his decision to further engage in shadow chasing over the last April election.”
The statement further reads:
A popular wise saying suggests that one should quit the stage while the ovation is the loudest but Ladoja bowed to his innate spirit of covetousness and over-stretched his luck and thus outlived his relevance in the politics of Oyo State. As corruption makes a civil servant in his late fifties to falsify his record with a view to remaining in service for a longer period not minding the sharp decline in his productivity, former governor Ladoja did not see anything wrong in imposing himself on unsuspecting followers as a life political leader and we have succeeded in emancipating a good number of his victims.
But reacting to the APC statement, Ladoja urged the party to begin to prepare its defence for the appeal. He said the APC statement was a mark that it has lost sleep over his decision to appeal the judgment of the election petition tribunal.
“No doubt, APC has lost sleep because of the decision of Sen. Ladoja to approach the appellate court.”, a statement by the Director General of Ladoja’s campaign organization, Hon. Adeolu Adeleke, said.
The APC however argued that Ladoja will come back empty handed from the Appeal Court because he “did not lose the April 11, 2015 gubernatorial poll at the court but at the polling units where a vast population of informed voters nailed Ladoja’s political coffin”
“The watery argument from the Accord Party camp was that no election was held on the said date but this was punctured at the tribunal by most of Ladoja’s witnesses. With eight good seats in the State House of Assembly, the opposition party unfortunately benefitted from the same election and expected this to translate into victory for its gubernatorial candidate even when the APC had led it with more than 10 seats and over 70, 000 valid votes” it added
But the Accord Party replied: “One should sympathize with the APC. Did they think that Sen. Ladoja will allow the travesty of justice of the lower court? It won’t go unchallenged. They should go and prepare their defence after being served”.