• No I have no case to answer, governor replies
By Olakiitan Victor in Ado Ekiti
Harping on the need for the Governor of Ekiti State, Mr Ayodele Fayose, and others allegedly indicted on the use military to rig the June 21, 2014, governorship poll, the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state has asked the Inspector General of Police (IG), Solomon Arase, to swing into actions and bring those indicted to justice.
Also to be prosecuted, according to the petition, was the state Mopol Commander, Gabriel Selekere; AIG Bala Nasarawa, who oversaw the conduct of the election and several other officers named as participants in the alleged criminal manipulation of electoral process.
APC said its petition followed a leak of a secret audio recording by the army officer, Captain Sagir Koli, of the 32nd Artillery Brigade in the state two days to the election.
The party had earlier petitioned the Attorney General of Federal and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, on the need to prosecute Fayose and other alleged conspirators.
A petition by the state Chairman of the party, Olajide Awe, entitled: ‘Criminal complaint conspiracy, bribery, threats and use of military to perpetuate electoral fraud against the people of Ekiti State; investigation of the role of the Nigerian Police Force in the state gubernatorial election on June 21, 2014,” brought Arase’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 noted that on February 8, 2015, the audio recording capturing the voices of Fayose, Commander of 32 Artillery Brigade, Brig-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.
However, Special Assistant to the governor on Public Communications, Lere Olayinka, said the 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 Fayose’s election.
Olayinka, who urged APC leaders in the State to stop deceiving their party members, added that; “with the Supreme Court pronouncement of yesterday, members of the APC in Ekiti State should know that they were being deceived all along.”
“APC should stop fighting a lost battle and wait till 2018 when the party will again be defeated by the PDP.
“They boasted in December 2015 that Governor Fayose will be removed in February through a review of the Supreme Court judgment that validated his electoral victory. To sustain the false hope that they gave to their gullible supporters, they have started inventing tales of how the governor approached traditional rulers to wade into the plot to approach the Supreme Court for a review of its judgment.”
While urging APC leaders in the state to purge themselves of the “we must rule by fire by fire force” tendency, Olayinka said; “This attitude of trying to hold Ekiti State down whenever these APC elements lose power must stop.
“Power belongs to God and He gives it to whoever He desires. In Ekiti today, God has given power to Governor Ayodele Fayose and no amount of falsehood and campaign of calumny can change that.”