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“Fayose held my clothes” – Aluko shares shocking details of how he escaped death

– Dr. Tope Aluko narrates how he escaped death after his first interview on Channels TV

–  The former Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) secretary in Ekiti state says he, Fayose and others perfected Ekiti rigging in hotel

– He alleges that the hotel was owned by Chief Dipo Anisulowo, Fayose’s chief of staff

Dr. Tope Aluko, the former Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) secretary in Ekiti state, has who he had accused was given a sum of $35million by ex-president Goodluck Jonathan to rig the Ekiti June 2014 governorship election.

According to Aluko, he never asked for forgiveness from Fayose as “erroneously” reported in the media. However, Aluko claimed that Fayose and former Ekiti Assembly factional Speaker Dele Olugbemi barged into a meeting he was holding with some PDP leaders.

He said: “Olugbemi and Fayose barged into the meeting venue, Olugbemi is a pathological liar. Olugbemi had lied against Fayose, he lied against the APC, he lied against the PDP and he is working for the money and appointment he had just received from Fayose.

“I did not create a scene at the venue of the meeting because hefty men had been stationed around and my wife was afraid of what could happen. Fayose held my clothes that I should not talk when I wanted to say something.

“I feared for my wife who later disappeared from the scene and I did not know her whereabouts. They almost attacked me when I went to Channels Television but it was policemen led by the CP that saved me after being held up there for about three hours.

“I played safe because of my wife and to avoid the scenario that played out when I went to Channels Television to grant my first interview.”

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Speaking on a special interview programme on Adaba 88. 9 FM, Akure, on Wednesday evening, April 13, Aluko added that the plot to rig the June 21, 2014 governorship election was perfected inside a hotel barely a week before the poll.

He alleged that the hotel was owned by Chief Dipo Anisulowo, Fayose’s chief of staff, and sensitive materials like ballot papers and result sheets were delivered to PDP chieftains by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the hotel.

He claimed that INEC ballot papers were thumb-printed and result sheets filled by PDP members which gave their party the edge long before the electorate went to the polls.

Aluko explained that operatives of the Department of State Services led by a female officer stormed Anisulowo’s hotel and arrested the PDP members perfecting the rigging, but that they were released within three hours following the intervention of the federal government.

He further alleged that a lorry conveying part of the electoral materials delivered through the Akure Airport was intercepted by soldiers led by the recently retired Brig.-Gen. Aliyu Momoh.

According to him, the materials were later released after the officers received an “order from above.”

Aluko also claimed the Governor Ayodele Fayose’s administration had received the refund of the N5.2bn spent on Ado-Ifaki federal highway by former Kayode Fayemi’s administration, but the Ekiti government has continued to deny receiving refund.

However, Aluko claims the N5.2bn refund had been diverted to the Ado Ekiti flyover project following investigation conducted by the DSS, the police and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

Aluko said: “Ask him (Fayose) why did former Commissioner for Works Kayode Oso run away? Commissioner for Finance Toyin Ojo told his interrogators about the finances of the state including the N5.2bn refunded on the Ado-Ifaki Road project carried out by Fayemi.

“You will recall that Fayose had earlier denied receipt of the N5.2bn refund but the revelation by Ojo while in custody now made him (Fayose) to divert the money for flyover construction because Ojo told them that Oso was in a better position to explain on the refund collected on road.”

Dr. Tope Aluko, the former PDP secretary in Ekiti state, has again reacted to his purported reconciliation with Governor Ayo Fayose.

Dr. Tope Aluko, the former PDP secretary in Ekiti state, has again reacted to his purported reconciliation with Governor Ayo Fayose.

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Responding to questions, Aluko said the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice Owoseni Ajayi, was liable for prosecution for his alleged role in an attack on the Ekiti state High Court, to prevent the delivery of a ruling on a perjury case involving Fayose.

Aluko said: “I pity Owoseni Ajayi who is saying that I should be prosecuted because he (Owoseni) was the one who placed a call to Fayose to organise the mob to disrupt the delivery of a ruling by Justice Olusegun Ogunyemi.

“Owoseni told Fayose on the telephone that should the judge deliver the ruling on the perjury case, it would go against him (Fayose) and his planned swearing-in would be in jeopardy.”

On January 31, Aluko gave a in an interview on Channels Television and monitored by Naij.com’s correspondent.

Explaining a process he alleged was used in rigging the election, Aluko said: “Before the primaries, we had this believe that because Jonathan was coming out for second term and because we are going to be the first election in the southwest, at a meeting, we told him (former President Goodluck Jonathan) that north-east, north-west and north-central may not be too sure for him because the Hausas are clamouring for presidency and that you now have south-east and south-south, you must manage the south-west. It was on the basis of that that we told him that he must manage south-west. Because of his interest, even before winning the primaries, we did so many security reports to tell Mr President then that he must make sure that we manage south-west zone and it was because of that that he gave us the head of security agencies.”

He further told Channels Television that the Minister for State for Defence and Minister of Police Affairs were made to give attention to the election because “we know that APC was everywhere in the southwest and we must naturally capture part of southwest if we want to balance what our brothers in the north were likely to bring on”.

Aluko had testified at the lower tribunal held to look into the election held last year, but he denied saying at the lower Tribunal that the election was not rigged. He said that there was an agreement to take out some members of the All Progressive Congress to ensure that they do not give adequate support to their members.

His words: “There was a strike team, a mixture of the DSS, military, the mobile police… that is about all. We had a meeting at Aso Rock on security and funds. We were given security and funds. Those in the meeting include the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces the former PDP chairman, Adamu Mu’azu, Governor Fayose and himself (Aluko).

“At the meeting President Jonathan agreed that if he needed Ekiti, he would support us to ensure that we delivered. At the second meeting we had Obanikoro, Jelili, Omisore… It was a combination of Osun and Ekiti people and they were discussing how we were going to move to take the south-west.

“Before the primaries, His Excellency, Ayodele Fayose, said that we can only win using the military. Then we came up with a plan about May. 

“We swore on the arrangement that we had before we embarked on the political venture. “Him (Fayose) becoming the Governor, myself becoming Chief of Staff and Honourable Femi Bamisile becoming the Deputy Governor,” he explained, dismissing claims that he was coming out with the truth because he could not get what was agreed.

“For the military to indict its members because of the election of a state you will know that what I am saying is not a lie,” he added.

However, speaking via his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media Lere Olayinka on Channels Television, Governor Fayose labelled Aluko as one with unstable character.

“This man here (Aluko) is a man of unstable characters and everything he has said here is a lie. It is an election, fund must be spent. People must donate money to fund an election. Governor Fayose’s friends, associates, brothers, sisters, families, artisans, including his enemies donated money to his electoral campaign, I also donated money.

“The military panel was set up to investigate the role of military officers in Ekiti, Osun, Akwa Ibom, Rivers state, including presidential election. Those who have been sanctioned, can you tell me categorically that they were sanctioned on their involvement in Ekiti state. On Janaury 14, Ekiti state government wrote to the military to demand for copy of the military panel report. However, by January 31, we don’t have that report.  

“He (Aluko) should be angry because he didn’t get the position of Chief of Staff but you don’t need to be angry such that you need to commit criminalities. You don’t need to be angry so that you now begin to waste your time. When I was told I have to come here to come and discuss military panel report, I asked myself, what role will the military panel report play in an election that was conducted 19 months ago? Every process that should be passed through has been done from the tribunal to Appeal Court and to the Supreme Court, so you cannot go back.

“Even in this case of Ekiti, the military is not a party to the matter, the police is not a party to the matter.  At the tribunal, Appeal Court and Supreme Court levels, the military was the first respondent in the case and the police was the fifth respondent. The Supreme Court said this people are not necessarily parties in this case. That’s to say the military have never been part of the electoral matters.

“The military can decide to indict itself, there was an election and there were observers. The United State government and foreign observers said the Ekiti state governorship election was credible and efficient and that the military collaborated efficiently with the government in providing a safe environment free of major incident. If US can applaud the military and they go ahead to indict themselves, that’s their business.”

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