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I Would’ve Escaped 11-year Trial For N4.7bn Fraud If I Had Joined APC
A former Governor of Oyo State ,
Rashidi Ladoja, has said 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 All
Progressives Congress .
Ladoja, who 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

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
“ I would have chosen to join APC so
that my sins can be forgiven as it was
recently said by the National Chairman
of APC , Adams Oshiomhole ; but despite
all the pressures , I remained steadfast
because I knew truth shall prevail.”
Earlier, Ladoja, who had visited the
palace of Olubadan of Ibadan land , Oba
Saliu Adetunji after his arrival from
Lagos , said he had reasons to
appreciate the monarch for his support
during his trial .
Olubadan described him as a man of
“ impeccable character ” who would
never indulge in acts capable of
dragging his good reputation in the


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