I would’ve escaped 11-year trial for N4.7bn fraud if I had joined APC —Ladoja

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 N 4 . 7 bn 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 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 .

“ 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 mud .

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