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Fayose accuses govt of shielding Aluko from prosecution

By Muyiwa Adeyemi (Head, South-West Bureau, Ado-Ekiti)   |   15 February 2016   |   4:25 am
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EKITI State Governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, has accused the Federal Government of shielding the former Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state, Mr. Tope Aluko, from facing open trial over his allegation that June 21, 2014 governorship polls was rigged in favour of the PDP.

The governor, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Idowu Adelusi in Ado-Ekiti yesterday, said it was unbecoming of a government, which prides itself as clean, to use an agency of government to prevent somebody that has breached the law of the land from prosecution.

He, therefore, demanded that the government should not use the Department of State Security Service (DSS) from preventing another arm of government, the Judiciary, from trying Aluko for perjury.

Fayose said the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led Federal Government should immediately allow the relevant agencies of government to try Aluko for perjury.

“To Aluko and his sponsors, he is a whistle-blower. One thing we are sure of is that the whistle will eventually explode on Aluko’s face as well as the faces of his sponsors. Aluko is the one who said he saw white and that the white has now turned black. Nigerians are demanding that he should be brought to the open to explain what he said.

“He testified under oath at the tribunal, Appeal Court and even the Supreme Court and he came out again to recant. A vital arm of government, the Judiciary, issued a valid order for his arrest and prosecution and that was widely publicised‎, but surprisingly, the Federal Government is using the DSS to frustrate that by pretending to be interrogating him and shielding him from facing trial.

“Democracy is hinged on separation of powers and the rule of law so that ‎nobody or arm of government would become the all-in-all. Those who are in authority now should know that others have been there before them and if their predecessors had turned everything upside down, what would they have met.

“If Aluko and his sponsors are sure of their allegation, let them release Aluko for trial in the open court. The people of Ekiti State who voted overwhelmingly for Ayodele Fayose and the PDP are ready to defend the mandate they freely gave. Every attempt they made to rubbish the mandate have always failed, including this Aluko’s plot and nobody should use an agent of government to cover the shame some people willingly brought on themselves by chasing shadows,” he said.




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