By Dapo Akinrefon
THE All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti State and the Ekiti State government were, yesterday, engaged in war of words over the alleged manipulation of the electoral process that gave Governor Ayodele Fayose victory in the June 21, 2014 governorship election.
While the Ekiti State APC appealed to the Inspector-General of Police, Solomon Arase, to prosecute Governor Fayose; a former Ekiti State Mopol Commander, Gabriel Selekere; Assistant Inspector General of Police, Bala Nasarawa, who oversaw the conduct of the election, Ekiti State government, on its part, said the Supreme Court has ended the party’s pipedream on Fayose’s victory.
In a statement by its state chairman, Chief Olajide Awe, the party said its petition followed a leak of a secret audio recording by Captain Sagir Koli, of the 32nd Artillery Brigade in Ekiti State two days to the election.
Awe, in a petition entitled: “Criminal Complaint Conspiracy, Bribery, Threats and Use of Military to Perpetuate Electoral Fraud Against the People of Ekiti State; and investigation of the role of the Nigerian Police Force in the Ekiti State Gubernatorial Elections June 21, 2014,” said the party brought the IGP’s attention to the content of the audio tape detailing criminal acts planned by those mentioned or whose voices were captured in the tape.
The party alleged that on February 8, 2015, the audio recording capturing the voices of Fayose, Commander of 32 Artillery Brigade, Bri-Gen Aliyu Momoh; Senator Iyiola Omisore, Police Affairs Minister, Jelili Adesiyan; Minister of State for Defence, Musiliu Obanikoro and others, at a meeting where they conspired and strategised to rig the June 21 governorship election was released to the public.
Awe, however, said: “the import of this audio recording is the revelations of criminal acts, which were planned and perpetrated by these men.
Besides, he alleged that “The above listed persons conspired to tamper with the constitutionally laid-down procedure for the conduct of election.
The Ekiti APC also called on Arase to investigate the roles of the police in the alleged election fraud unprofessional conduct bordering on alleged dishonesty and violations of the code of ethics of the Nigerian Police Force.
Stop living in illusion— Fayose
In his reaction, Special Assistant to the Ekiti State Governor on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka said yesterday’s Supreme Court judgment on the leadership dispute within the Anambra State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in which the court said it lacked jurisdiction to review its own judgment should be enough for members of the APC in Ekiti State to stop living in the illusion that the Supreme Court judgment on the June 21, 2014 governorship election can be reviewed.
He said the judgment ended the APC’s pipedream of returning to power through an orchestrated review of the Supreme Court judgment that validated Governor Ayodele Fayose’s election.