The immediate past speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Adeyemi Sabit Ikuforiji, has said that persecution was obviously used as part of the strategy to tarnish his reputation in the run up to the last governorship election in the state.
The Epe-born lawmaker stated this while speaking about his EFCC trial with Daily Independent recently. In September 2014 Ikuforiji was acquitted on charges of money laundering while he was the speaker.
His words: “Sometimes, I don’t just want to talk about these things. But the truth is that obviously, persecution has been used as part of the strategy to tarnish my reputation.
“There were also campaigns of calumny from different directions, while those I relied on to protect me even made me more vulnerable to these attacks. But like I said, God gave me the capacity to withstand all these and today, by His grace, I am triumphant.
Speaking on the present and the future, he said he is a very happy man anytime he looks back at what God has used him to do for the Lagos State House of Assembly, for the business of lawmaking, for Nigeria and Lagos state.
“When I look back at what God has used me to do for the Lagos State House of Assembly, for the business of lawmaking, for Nigeria and my dear state, I am a very happy man. If I have the opportunity again, I will still put in the same vigour and passion I used during my tenure.
“I have no regret whatsoever because I did everything that needed to be done as led by God for the service of humanity during the last ten years that I served as the Speaker of the state.
“My greatest joy is that true change happens in this country in my lifetime. God has used the APC as an instrument to liberate his people from the shackles of depression and oppression. I want to commend our president, Muhammadu Buhari, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and other leaders of the various political parties that came together to make this a reality.
“They made a lot of sacrifices so that this nation can be where it is today. I also thank God for giving them the wisdom to come together because if they had chosen to remain in their various political parties, we won’t be talking of APC today, not to talk of being the ruling party in Nigeria,” he said.