By Rotimi Ojomoyela
Ado-Ekiti—The embattled Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Ekiti State, Dr Tope Aluko, has gone to Court to seek the vacation of the Warrant of Arrest issued against him by a Chief Magistrate Court in Ado Ekiti last week.
Chief Magistrate Adesoji Adegboye, had on February 3, 2016 granted a motion exparte, compelling the Commissioner of Police to bring Aluko to Court for the purpose of committing him (Aluko) for trial for the offence of perjury.
Aluko was alleged to have recanted the statement earlier made on oath during the trial of the election of Governor Ayodele Fayose at the Election Petition Tribunal, where he served as a principal witness to the PDP in a case instituted by the All Progressives Congress, APC.
The PDP Secretary had a couple of weeks ago granted an interview where he made stunning revelations as regard the governorship election of June 21, 2014.
The motion, which was supported by twelve-paragraph affidavit deposed to by Barrister Ayodeji Daramola, the defendant (Aluko) based his plea on the following grounds: that the court lacks the jurisdiction to entertain the application and that the application of the complainant is defective and incompetent; that the application was a flagrant abuse of court process and that there is no prima facie case of perjury against him before the order was handed down.
Also addressing newsmen yesterday, principal counsels to Aluko, Niran Owoseeni and Wale Abimbola described the Warrant of Arrest issued by a Chief Magistrate Court against their client as a serious judicial error that needed to be reversed to preserve the integrity of the judiciary.
He said it was rather curious that the court could go ahead and issued a warrant of arrest when there was no valid and existing charge against Aluko, noting that the court must have been misled under this circumstance.
“The perjury allegation against Aluko was still at the real of speculation, so, the order doesn’t comply with the provision of the law and this makes the court incompetent in the first instance, or may be the DPP had read the law upside down”, he said.
APC wants AGF to review Ekiti gov poll
Meantime, the APC in Ekiti State has again petitioned the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami , demanding for a review of June 21, 2014 governorship election and prosecution of suspects in the alleged electoral malefeasance that returned PDP’s Ayodele Fayose, as the governor.
In a petition entitled “Request for the prosecution of persons involved in conspiring and perpetrating acts of electoral fraud and malfeasance in the governorship election of June 21, 2014 in a manner other than that envisaged by the relevant provisions of the Nigerian 1999 Constitution as amended,” the party said the review of the matter had become imperative in national interest to avoid a cycle of politicians that could seize the reins of government through treason.
According to the petition by the State Chairman of APC, Olajide Awe, the party said its present petition arose from the recent confessions on a national television by the State Secretary of PDP in Ekiti State, Dr Temitope Aluko, published and broadcast on other electric and print media.
It’s a voyage of futility— Fayose
Reacting to the APC petition, Governor Fayose’s Chief Press Secretary, Mr Idowu Adelusi said, “It is a futile exercise because the Attorney General of and Minister of Justice has no such power to review the election and the Ekiti State APC chairman, Jide Awe demanding for that is an illiterate, and a comedian playing to the gallery with propaganda.”