The former Governor of Oyo State, Rashidi Ladoja, has lamented that he wouldn’t have had to undergo a trial that lasted 11 whopping years for alleged theft of N4.7bn public funds if he had joined the ruling party,All Progressives Congress.
He stated this when he was discharged and acquitted by Justice Mohammed Idris at a Federal High Court, Lagos Division last Friday, recalled his trial by the Economics and Financial Crimes Commission, saying he was under pressure by the ruling APC to join the party if his alleged sins must be forgiven.
He did not mention the names of the APC leaders who wanted him to join the party.
Speaking with journalists on Sunday at his Bodija residence after a rally organised for him by his supporters around Ibadan and led by Sharafadeen Alli, his party, Zenith Labour Party’s gubernatorial candidate, Ladoja said he was also worried that the judgement could be influenced by political enemies to ensure he was punished for sins he didn’t commit.
While thanking the judiciary for upholding truth and fair play, Ladoja said, from the outset, he knew it was a case of political prosecution.
“I know the trial will be tough and challenging, but I believe God is on my side.