The news of the arraignment of Alhaji Lamidi Adedibu has been described by many in Ibadan as a welcome development in Oyo State.
That Adedibu who was last Sunday described by former President Olusegun Obasanjo as “the father of the PDP’ could be invited by the Police, charged and arraigned in an Abuja Magistrate’s Court elicited jubilation across the metropolis.
Prince Dotun Oyelade, spokesman of Governor Adebayo Alao-Akala, said: “The law should, without prejudice, protect, first and foremost its own sanctity, which is greater than the interest of any individual.”
Expanding his call for the upholding of the rule of law and justice, Akala’s media aide added that the governor of Oyo State had always maintained his high regard for the rule of law and will support every step taken by the Executive, the Judiciary and indeed the legislature to ensure that Nigeria is referred to in the comity of Nations as a civilized country”.
Many residents hailed President Umaru Yar’Adua for what they called the gallant stride of allowing separation of powers and respect for the rule of law.
Some aides of the immediate past governor of Oyo state, Senator Rashidi Ladoja, who fell out with Adedibu (his former godfather) over his (Ladoja’s) refusal to part with a percentage of his security vote, said that the development served the politician right. Though they refused to allow their names to be mentioned, they necvertheless said that the Eekarun Olubadan, High Chief Adedibu “is our father.”
To many on the streets of Ibadan, the “breakthrough” has made the “impregnable Baba Adedibu” a man not above the law. They said peace would now return to the state.
The immediate past Commissioner for Justice and Attorney General in Oyo State, Alhaji Bayo Shittu, said: “This is what we have been saying about Chief Adedibu causing a lot of problems in Oyo State in the past one and half years. He has been disrupting the peace of the people and he was being shielded by Obasanjo.This development is welcomed by the people of the state.”
Senator Lekan Balogun, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said: “It is a triumph for the rule of law; a major breakthrough for those who are out to promote the respect for rule of law. I am sorry for the old man that this could be happening to him at this stage in his life. I am afraid that by this development, he is down and I will not like to kick him any further”.
– The Nation