All Progressives Congress, APC, Oyo State chapter, has said that the state government was yet to receive court summons of a libel suit threatened by Senator Rashidi Ladoja of the Accord Party, maintaining that it was an indication of deceit on the public and acceptance of guilt in the allegation of refund of N500 million to the state coffers by Ladoja.
The APC made this known in a release issued by its state publicity secretary, Wale Sadare, on Monday in Ibadan.
In January this year, the state government had alleged that Ladoja and others, who are facing Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, prosecution over a N6.5billion alleged complicity in the siphon of the state money in a shares purchase deal, from which the sum of N500 million had been refunded, as well as vehicles to government.
In a swift reply, the former governor had denied the claim of the government and asked it, through a letter written by his counsel, to withdraw the claim within seven days or be prepared for a legal battle.
The APC, however, said that neither government nor the governor of the state had received any court summons, more than three months after they made the allegation against Ladoja.
“Those who know the former governor well will attest to the fact that he is very adept at this game of make-believe. That seeming fury was political; Ladoja knows that he dared not go to any court or else we will make a Bode George of him. He never intended to go to any court anyway; he merely wanted to sow the seed of doubt in the minds of the people that he wasn’t involved in the shady deal.
“Knowing that the people have a short memory, Ladoja exploited that weakness to his political advantage but the people are the losers because they are not afforded the opportunity of knowing the truth about this matter,” the APC said.
The party restated that the gubernatorial candidate of the Accord Partyand his surrogates involved in the shares scam indeed refunded money to the state government, stating that the truth about that scam would never see the light of the day if the people of the state make the mistake of voting Ladoja in Saturday’s election.
“The truth about that shares scam will never see the light of the day if anyone votes for Ladoja. And indeed, the people deserve to know the details. Unfortunately, the EFCC has kept silent over the matter. The state government levelled the allegation against the former governor and backed it up with several documents. Ladoja denied refunding the said money and vehicle but as I speak to you, the people are the losers. Our party-led government has done its bit; let the people demand for their rights through their votes,” he said.
The APC said that the people of the state also shared some guilt in the alleged theft of their money through their silence over it.
“The Information Act is well and able to unravel this otherwise straightforward case but no one has been bothered enough to either invoke it to compel the EFCC to reveal what actually transpired in the shares scam or invoke the writ of mandamus to compel the EFCC to speak up on the matter. It would have deconstructed Rashidi Ladoja and reveal the real fox in a sheep’s clothing that the people never knew since all these days,” the APC said.