Ajimobi, Alao-Akala Beg Ladoja To Accept Appeal Court Verdict, Drop Plans To Go To Supreme Court
A former Governor of Oyo State, Otunba Adebayo Alao-Akala, has called on aggrieved contenders in the April 11 governorship election in the state to stop litigation and cooperate with Governor Abiola Ajimobi.
Alao-Akala, who was one of the early callers at Ajimobi’s Oluyole residence in Ibadan, was reacting to the Court of Appeal ruling on Thursday, which upheld the victory of Ajimobi and dismissed the appeal by Accord Party candidate, Senator Rashidi Ladoja
Ladoja and his party had appealed the judgment of the Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal delivered on October 27 in Ibadan, the state capital.
Following yesterday’s ruling which favoured Ajimobi, who was elected on the platform of All Progressives Congress, APC, Ladoja’s counsel, Aderemi Adegbora, said they would head for the Supreme Court.
According to Alao-Akala, who also contested the last governorship poll in the state on the platform of Labour Party, LP, the victory was well-deserved and was an affirmation of the popular mandate given to the Governor Ajimobi by the people.
The former governor also confirmed reports of his planned defection to the APC.
Alao-Akala said: “I am here to rejoice with my brother. We knew what the outcome would be; we had expected what we got today. So we are rejoicing.
“The governor has the interest of the people at heart. He should, therefore, be allowed to take care of their welfare and to let them have life more abundant. We are all one.
“When somebody is in front, you must follow him; God has put him there. Let us all help him so that he can also help the people.
“I will advise the opposition or whoever is still aggrieved to please let us bury the hatchet and work together with the governor to develop the state forward”.
Commenting on his reported defection to APC, Alao-Akala said: “it has been on; we are still crossing the ‘t’ and dotting the ‘i’. I am on my way to APC”.
Ajimobi dedicated his latest judicial victory to God and the people.
“We give glory to God. If God says yes, nobody can say no. We owe this victory to God and to the people who want continuity.
“I am appealing to my brother, Senator Ladoja and others to join us and work together with us instead of going from Appeal Court to Supreme Court”.