Governor urges opponents to stop fighting lost battle
The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti State has urged the Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, to prosecute Governor Ayodele Fayose, former Ekiti 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 manipulation of electoral process that returned Fayose to power in the June 21, 2014 governorship election.
However, Fayose has advised the APC to stop fighting a lost battle.
APC said its petition followed the leaking of a secret audio recording by the Army Officer, Captain Sagir Koli, of the 32nd Artillery Brigade in Ekiti State two days to the election.
According to a petition by the State Chairman of the party, Olajide Awe, titled (1) “Criminal Complaint Conspiracy, Bribery, Threats and Use of Military to Perpetuate Electoral Fraud Against the People of Ekiti State; (2) Investigation of the role of the Nigerian Police Force in the Ekiti State Gubernatorial Elections June 21, 2014,” the party 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.
In his reaction, Special Assistant to the Ekiti State Governor on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka has 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.
Olayinka 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.”
The APC had 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.
Awe said: “The import of this audio recording is the revelations of criminal acts, which were planned and perpetrated by these men.
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