Bola Ajibola, a former World Court Judge, had a rude shock on Tuesday in Abeokuta as he was openly booed by the audience at the event to mark Democracy Day and the one-year anniversary of the Action Congress of Nigeria’s government in Ogun state.
Mr. Ajibola, who served in the previous administration led by Gbenga Daniel of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), was shamed off the stage without being allowed to finish his speech.
The former world court judge, who was once a Minister of Justice, was at the June 12 Cultural Centre, Abeokuta, where thousands of guests came to be part of the celebrations.
The audience accused him of not being a sincere statesman.
Mr. Ajibola, who is in his 70’s, was about to mount the podium to deliver his speech when he was shouted down by the aggrieved audience.
Embarrassed, the former world court judge made a passionate appeal to the audience.
“Let me die before you judge me, let me say my own view. I am here for the good of our state, Nigeria and the whole world. I have tried and worked for the progress of Owu, Ogun, Nigeria and the whole world, so don’t blame, rather you should praise me,” he pleaded.
Contrary to the disgrace meted out to the former judge, earlier speakers at the occasion, which include former Military administrators of the state, Oladehinde Joseph, Daniel Akintonde and Kayode Olofinmoyin, were applauded by the audience.
Mr. Ajibola however suffered through at least 10 minutes of ill-will before the intervention of Governor Ibikunle Amosun; former state governor, Olusegun Osoba, and the Alake of Egbaland, Adedotun Gbadebo, who eventually came to his rescue.
Mr. Ajibola was the Chairman of the Elders Consultative Forum in Ogun State during the last administration.
The forum was alleged to have lost focus, with several accusations that it was acting a script as directed by Mr. Daniel.