Oyo State Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi has challenged former governor of the state and Accord Party governorship candidate in the February election, Senator Rashidi Ladoja, to meet him in court to defend the allegation that he had refunded N500m to EFCC as a plea bargain.
Ajimobi described Ladoja as a liar, saying that the former governor truly returned the huge sum of money to the anti-graft agency in order to avoid going to jail for stealing the state’s funds when he was at the helm of affairs in the state.
Addressing a mammoth crowd of party supporters and APC leaders, led by Asiwaju Bola Tinubu at the flag off of his second term campaign in Ibadan on Saturday, Ajimobi insisted that Ladoja actually returned the money and was only being economical with the truth.
”I’m ready to meet him in court”, he said, stressing that the refunded money was being used by his administration to build model schools across the length and breadth of the state.
He however, said people of the state should be watchful and avoid voting for rogues who did not do anything economically meaningful for them when they had the opportunity of ruling the state.
The governor, who said that he deserved a second term in office as a result of his achievements, maintained that the successes he recorded were unmatched in the history of the state.
Ladoja had threatened to drag Ajimobi to court, saying there was no iota of truth in the claim that he returned N500m to EFCC.
The governor however, pointed out that he was ready to proof his claim in the court of law.
Also speaking at the forum, Gov. Rauf Aregbesola of Osun advised the people of the state to monitor their votes until they were counted.
He also implored the people of the state to obtain their Permanent Voter Cards before the polls.
“Just like Fayemi worked in Ekiti, Ajimobi has turned Oyo State around for the better; so it is better to allow him to continue for another four years,” he said.
A former governor of Lagos State and APC National leader, Bola Tinubu, described Ajimobi as a dependable and reliable leader.
Tinubu said that Ajimobi represented a group of intellectuals with vision and capacity to make the people the cornerstone of economic policy.
A former governor of Osun, Olagunsoye Oyinlola, called on voters in the state to ensure that they returned Ajimobi for a second term, saying,” that is the only way to sustain the gains of democracy which he started.”