THE polity was awash with mixed views, yesterday, on the allegations by former Ekiti State Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Dr. Temitope Aluko, that the PDP used the military to rig the June 21, 2014 Ekiti governorship polls won by Mr. Ayodele Fayose.
Although, the All Progressives Congress, APC, candidate, Dr Kayode Fayemi, who was the incumbent governor but now Solid Minerals minister, declined comments, Ekiti APC said it had been vindicated by Aluko’s confession.
However, former Minister of Transport and a stalwart of the PDP, Chief Ebenezer Babatope, disagreed with Aluko, saying anyone alleging that Fayose did not win the polls on a clean slate was hallucinating.
Other notable Nigerians, who spoke on the issue included Second Republic lawmaker, Dr. Junaid Mohammed; legal icons, Tayo Oyetibo (SAN) and Lanre Ogunlesi (SAN).
Contacted on the issue, yesterday, Fayemi’s Chief Press Secretay, Mr Yinka Oyebode, replied with two words: “No comments.’’
We’ve been vindicated —Ekiti APC
Commenting on the allegations, the Chairman of the APC in Ekiti State, Chief Jide Awe said the party had been vindicated and called on relevant authorities to take the necessary step.
He said: “All along, with the way things were in Ekiti State, we made it clear what happened in 2014 elections was not a democratically conducted elections but a warfare. Since the powers that be had unleashed terror on us, we went to court but the court did not see what went wrong in Ekiti State.
“You see, conscience is an open wound, which only truth can heal. The man, who spoke was the secretary of the party, in whose presence the atrocities were committed.”
It’s an afterthought — Babatope
Former Minister of Transport, Chief Babatope said: “All this talk about Ekiti elections being rigged makes no sense to me. What Aluko is saying right now is too late and I want to believe he is also an accomplice in what he is saying right now.”
Defending Fayose, he said: “Whoever says Fayose did not win the Ekiti elections is hallucinating because I can confirm that the people voted massively for Fayose because he is popular.”
Those involved should be prosecuted
Second Republic lawmaker, Dr. Junaid Mohammed, said irrespective of the timing of the revelation by Aluko, justice must be done.
He said: “To overlook what happened in Ekiti elections without prosecuting the people, who perpetrated the act will be unkind to democracy. So I think the Attorney General of the Federation should use his good office to prosecute those involved in the rigging.”
Aluko should be charged for perjury —Ogunlesi
Former Ogun State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Lanre Ogunlesi, SAN, said: “Dr. Temitope Aluko should be charged to court for perjury. Are they saying that the army set up that committee solely for Ekiti State? He should be charged for perjury because he once said that he deposed an affidavit saying there was no problem.”
PDP is bound by court’s judgement —Oyetibo
On his part, Oyetibo said Aluko is bound by the judgements of the courts because the matter had been challenged in courts and judgements given.
He said: “Why then did they (PDP) go to court to have it (election) upheld, if the party’s former secretary in Ekiti State, Dr. Temitope Aluko, is alleging that the June 21, 2014 governorship polls in the state that led to the emergence of Chief Ayodele Fayose as governor was not an election but a coup against the people?
“If you contest in an election and you find out that it was not properly conducted, you go to the court. If you do not challenge it in the tribunal, it means you have accepted the result of the election. If you challenge and lost, then you are bound by the judgement.”