Ajimobi, Ladoja bicker over Oyo polls result, protest
FOLLOWING a tit-for-tat principle that the former Governor of Oyo State, Senator Rashidi Ladoja threatened to apply if his supporters were attacked by the All Progressives Congress in the state, the latter has asked him to have a rethink. Ladoja and his teeming supporters are still protesting over the results of last Saturday’s election which was in favour of the incumbent governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi of APC. Ladoja had said, “don’t let us do something illegal but anybody who provokes us will be resisted and we will fight this to the end. If it would not be violent, I won’t mind leading the protest. Anybody who says he would be violent, we too will be left with no other option than to respond appropriately”. He also pacified the visibly angry supporters that he would use all lawful means to retrieve their stolen mandate. But, the ruling party replied saying that for the second consecutive time, Ladoja lost his bid to return as governor of Oyo State in an election that was keenly contested by him and four other gladiators.
In a statement signed by its Director of Publicity and Strategy, Olawale Sadare, the APC faulted Ladoja’s rejection of the outcomes of the poll which it described as free, fair and credible unlike the one which was witnessed in 2003 when Ladoja emerged governor on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party.
“Having tried unsuccessfully to railroad himself into power again, former governor Ladoja is still determined to truncate the peace of the state. He has moved a step further from discrediting the free, fair and credible elections conducted in the state last Saturday by mobilizing his supporters and vulnerable youths to embark on misplaced protests in parts of Ibadan- the state capital.
“Yesterday(Tuesday), he held a meeting in Ibadan where he told his supporters about his resolve to reject the outcome of the recently concluded polls. Sources at the meeting informed us that Ladoja charged his supporters to do everything possible to wage war against the re-elected governor and his party men in the mode of harassment, blackmail and violent attacks.
“Ladoja’s supporters demonstrated their threat to public peace when they went to town after the meeting and began to attack innocent citizens. They wounded some people and destroyed many vehicles in the process as we have it on good authority that the trend would continue to enable them achieve their aim of making the state ungovernable for Sen. Ajimobi.”