By: Ayo Fadimu
A human rights group in Nigeria, the Centre for Human Rights and
Social Justice (CHRSJ) has described the weekend revelation of former
Secretary of the Ekiti State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party
(PDP), Mr. Temitope Aluko that June 21, 2014 governorship election in
the State, was rigged in favour of the incumbent Governor Peter
Ayodele Fayose, as afterthought episode which it could not stand the
test of time in a democracy era, describing the action of Aluko as
anti-masses,anti-judiciary,an aberration and uncalled for.
It however maintained that it was only Independent National Electoral
Commission (INEC) that was charged with the responsibility of
conducting the election and returning the winner of the election,
should be held responsible for any election mal-practices, but it was
a surprised in the country of ours when the electoral umpire would be
exonerated of any election misconduct but the Nigeria Army that was an
aberration in the conduct of the election would be held responsible
for election malpractices.
The group also called on the well meaning Nigerians at home and abroad
to disregard the illegal and unlawful revelation of Mr. Aluko which
was tantamount to emotional allegation of highest order, thereby
calling for the immediate arrest and prosecution of the former PDP
scribe (Temitope Aluko) for committing crime against God and humanity
over his present revelation on Ekiti election saga.
Speaking through a signed statement by the CHRSJ’s Executive Chairman,
Comrade Adeniyi, Alimi Sulaiman, which a copy was made available to
newsmen in Lagos yesterday, disclosed that Mr. Aluko was one of the
witnesses that testified in favour of the incumbent Governor Fayose at
the 2014 Ekiti State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal, that the
June 21, 2014 governorship election was free, fair and credible with
an affidavit on oath.
Comrade Sulaiman regretted that the caliber of Mr. Aluko could be
emotionally used for this dastard revelation after the election in
question had undergone legal clinical/medical treatment from Tribunal
to the Supreme Court of Nigeria, saying that if election truly rigged
in favour of Mr. Fayose and Aluko conspired to mislead the Court of
competent jurisdiction as Aluko claimed in the affidavit before the
Court, by now, Aluko was not supposed to be freely moved in the street
of the country again.
CHRSJ boss urged the law enforcement agents in the land to arrest Mr.
Aluko without further delaying and begin his prosecution in the Court
of Competent jurisdiction for lying before the Court of Law, insisting
that the International and local Election Observers had adjudged that
election as free, fair, transparency and credible and there was
nothing to do on it again because upturning such election would an
aberration of highest order and civilian coup.
Rights activist maintained that the outcome of 2015 State and National
elections in the State had confirmed that the June 21st, 2014
governorship election in Ekiti State was not rigged as being claimed
by the former PDP scribe because he was not appointed Chief of Staff
to Governor Fayose when the cabinet was constituted.
According to him, “The June 21st, 2014 governorship election has come
and gone and all political stakeholders in Ekiti State should go back
to drawing board and prepare for 2018 Governorship election. Reverse
is the case in Nigeria where Military not Independent National
Electoral Commission (INEC) that is charged with the conduct of
election, which is an aberration during the conduct of election, will
be blamed for election mal-practices. All the Mr. Temitope Aluko’s
revelations on 2014 Ekiti governorship election are ruse and
afterthought which it cannot be taken serious and stand the test of
time. Aluko had an opportunity to say this truth? before the Election
Petition Tribunal but he does otherwise, who is now to blamed?
“If we are in sane country, Mr. Temitope Aluko is supposed to be
rotten in prison for misleading the Court of competent jurisdiction
and public. Mr. Aluko should stop all these ongoing emotional
revelation about 2014 Ekiti guber election. It has revealed now that
Aluko was gone berserk because he was not made Chief of Staff to
Governor Peter Fayose.But if Aluko was made Chief of Staff to Fayose,
the Ekiti State guber election was not rigged, what a double speak?