The Oyo State Governorship Elections Tribunal today upheld the election of Governor Abiola Ajimobi.
The petition filed by Sen. Rashidi Ladoja of the Accord Party against the governor was dismissed on Tuesday on the grounds that the petition lacked merit.
Reacting, Governor Ajimobi has attributed the victory to God and the people of the state who made it possible for him to break the second term jinx.
According to him, the verdict has “laid to rest all the innuendoes, evil machinations and falsehood being spread across the state and beyond by his opponents after his victory”
“I am of immense gratitude to God for this victory and for making it possible for me to break the second term jinx. I thank the good people of Oyo State for the confidence reposed in me by voting for me en masse for the second term in spite of innuendoes, evil machinations and falsehood by our opponents
“Today’s judgment has strengthened my belief in the judiciary as the bastion of our fragile democracy and the bulwark of good governance.
“The judgment is not only a victory for my party, the All Progressives Congress, but also a victory for democracy and the rule of law. The road has not been smooth and it has been long but events have been encouraging and it goes to show that our faith has not been misplaced.”
Governor Ajimobi, who pledged not to betray the confidence reposed in him by the people of the state, said he remained the “coordinating servant’’ of those seeking the progress and prosperity of the state.
While thanking the tribunal for doing a thorough job, he said that the thoroughness and industry put into the writing and delivery of the judgment was highly noteworthy after painstakingly poring through stacks of documents.
“I make bold to say that the petitioner (Accord) had no case in both content and technicality ab initio. Until you meet a bad man, you will not appreciate a good man when you see one.
“Now that the people have spoken; now that the court has affirmed it and now that God has destined it, our opponents should not oppose God.
“They should rather join hands with us to move Oyo State forward. I am taking this opportunity to call on all my brothers, Senator Ladoja is my egbon (brother), that contested the election with me that we should move away from innuendoes. 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 reckon with in the comity of civilized states.”