Embattled Former Ekiti State PDP Secretary, Tope Aluko, has reavealed how they manipulated the state’s June 21st 2014 governorship election in favor of Goverbor Ayodele Fayose in an hotel a wek before the election.
He revealed this in an interview with ADABA 88.9 FM Akure yesterday April 14th, Aluko said on the day of the election, sensitive materials from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), such as ballot papers and result sheets, were delivered to PDP chieftains to allow for the manipulation of the poll long before the first ballot was cast.
He alleged that the electoral materials were delivered through Akure Airport and taken to a hotel owned by Fayose’s Chief of Staff Dipo Anisulowo in Are-Ekiti, where the alleged manipulation was carried out.
He said the party defeated opposition party in the election because ballot papers were thumb-printed and result sheets filled by PDP members right inside the hotel.
The noted that Department of State Services (DSS) operatives, led by a woman officer, stormed Anisulowo’s hotel and arrested the PDP henchmen but they were released within three hours because “you know we (PDP) were in government at that time”.
According to Aluko, a lorry conveying some of the electoral materials was intercepted by soldiers led by the recently retired Brig.-Gen. Aliyu Momoh. “But the materials were later released after the officers received ‘order from above’.”
He said the Fayose administration received the refund of the N5.2 billion spent on Ado-Ifaki highway by the Kayode Fayemi administration. Aluko said the governor initially denied but it was confirmed by former President Goodluck Jonathan during the PDP presidential campaign rally.
He further alleged that the money was diverted to the Ado-Ekiti flyover, following the outcry generated. “Ask him (Fayose) why did (former Works Commissioner) Kayode Oso flee? Finance Commissioner Toyin Ojo told DSS interrogators about the state’s finances, including the N5.2 billion refunded on theAdo-Ifaki Road carried out by Fayemi.
You will recall that the governor denied receiving the refund but Ojo’s revelation made him (Fayose) divert the money for the flyover.”
Reacting to a proposed prosecution threat on him by the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Owoseni Ajayi, Aluko said Ajayi is also liable for prosecution for his alleged role in an attack on the court.
“I pity Owoseni Ajayi who is saying that I should be prosecuted because he (Ajayi) was the one who ‘disrupted’ the delivery of a ruling by Justice Olusegun Ogunyemi. Owoseni told Fayose on phone that should the judge deliver the ruling on the perjury case, it would go against him and his planned swearing-in would be in jeopardy.”