The Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Adetunji, Aje Ogunguniso I, has congratulated former governor of Oyo state, who is one of his high chiefs, the Osi Olubadan, Senator Adewolu Rashidi Ladoja over his victory on Friday at Federal High Court, Lagos in a N4.7billion fraud case instituted against him by the Economics and financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) since 2008.
As Ladoja maintained he would always stand on the path of rule of law to get justice and promised to rededicate himself to the service of God and humanity in general.
Ladoja secured victory against the EFCC as Justice Mohammed Idris of the Federal High Court Lagos state discharged and acquitted him on all the 11 count charge preferred against him.
Delivering judgement in the 11-year-old trial, Justice Idris said the evidence brought to court against Ladoja and Waheed Akanbi, a former Oyo State Commissioner for Finance, was “too low on credible evidence”.
On Saturday morning as early as 9am, Ladoja’s supporters mostly members of the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) besieged the toll gate of the Lagos-Ibadan expressway, to welcome their leader to Ibadan, amidst pomp and fanfare.
They were led by the party’s gubernatorial candidate, Sharafadeen Alli; all senatorial, house of representatives and house of assembly candidates, with fuji musicians and local drummers.
The victorious Ladoja who eventually arrived toll gate about 3pm was received by enthusiastic supporters. The convoy of over 100 vehicles including the ones branded with ZLP colour, headed to the palace of Olubadan at Popoyemoja, in the heart of the city.
The monarch who was beaming with smiles as he welcomed Ladoja and entourage, said, “I have always known my Osi as a man of impeccable character whose principled stand would never allow him to indulge in acts capable of dragging his good reputation in the mud.”
Turning to Ladoja, the monarch said, “You are a dogged fighter who believes so much in the sanctity of the rule of law, rather than the rule of men. 11years down the line when the matter started, no one knew when and where the matter and pendulum of justice will swing. Alihamdulilahi, Ladoja has been vindicated. It shows that justice and fair play are still applicable in Nigeria,” Olubadan remarked.
He then called on the people to always respect the sanctity of rule of law as Ladoja did while the case lasted.
Ladoja and his supporters then moved round some popular streets within Ibadan metropolis to show his appreciation to people of Ibadan that always stand by him during dark days.
Some the areas they rode in a motorcade includes Oja’ba, Mapo, Beere, Oje, Agodi gate, Total Garden, Sabo, Mokola roundabout and Bodija where another batch of supporters had gathered to rejoice with their leader.