DSS summons Aluko over alleged rigging
APC cautions against arrest of ex-PDP scribe
The Department of State Security (DSS) has invited former Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ekiti State, Dr Tope Aluko, for interrogation over his revelation on alleged rigging of the June 2014 governorship election in the state.
The invitation, which he received yesterday, was informed by the allegation he made on the Channels televisions regarding how the Ekiti election was allegedly manipulated to help Governor Ayodele Fayose win the poll.
Aluko, who confirmed the invitation to The Guardian on telephone, promised to honour the invitation at 10am today.
Meanwhile, the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state yesterday warned Governor Ayodele Fayose against unjust arrest of Aluko, saying such a plan is capable of stoking anger among the citizens.
APC also accused Fayose of wanting to assume the role of a judge in his own matter.
Publicity Secretary, Taiwo Olatunbosun, said in a statement on Thursday, “it was regrettable that the court was so much in a hurry to grant a warrant of arrest request by Fayose, who once stormed the court with thugs to assault a presiding judge sitting over his own perjury case.
“The impression being created by the court that Governor Fayose is a law unto himself or that he has the court in his pocket, is worrisome against the backdrop of the prostrate attitude of the court when the same man that is slamming a perjury case against an official of his own party stormed the court with thugs to sack the court sitting over his own perjury case.
“In that instance, Fayose allegedly led thugs to sack the court and beat up a judge, tearing his coat before heading to the Chief Judge’s office to tear into shreds court records in his office and then beat up the Chief Judge’s secretary.
“We are worried that the court that went to sleep during that national embarrassment suddenly became alive to deliver a ruling on a warrant of arrest request against the governor’s opponent within minutes, even though the same court was handicapped when the temple of justice was sacked by the same man now, “ he explained.
The party spokesman said the court should not be seen as protecting a governor who allegedly said on Captain Sagir Koli tape that he collected INEC soft copies and got them printed to win election.
Olatunbosun described the hurry with which the court came to the aid of the governor as provocative, saying the impression was that Fayose’s bid to block transparency and truth in the investigation of the election fraud in the state was being backed by the judiciary’s assistance to hound Aluko into jail to prevent him from further expose on the election fraud.
“We would have expected the court to ask for the evidence of perjury in what Aluko said because to our knowledge, he did not speak on oath on the television programme.
“Conversely, if it is on the basis of Aluko’s testimony at the tribunal where he swore on oath that he is being hounded for arrest, we can then assume that his testimony at the tribunal is not true and so he must face a perjury case.