Despite a video making waves on social media of the supposed reconciliation between estranged PDP Secretary Tope Aluko and governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti state, Aluko has denied the reconciliation, saying he was manipulated into giving the pressmen a speech.
Addressing journalists in Lagos on Tuesday, Aluko said the supposed reconciliation between them was an organised propaganda to stain his image and malign his integrity. Adding that he was under duress to admit to the reconciliation, insinuating that if he had not agreed to, his wife and family would have been in danger.
Read his statement about the reconciliation below:
“I need not recall the drama and face off that ensued between me and Fayose inside the meeting. It is worthy of note that it was at this point that my wife badged into the meeting to inform me of the presence of pressmen. At that point I became enraged and decided to leave the place but I noticed Governor Fayose rushing after me downstairs in a gestapo manner.
“My wife was already fidgeting and almost crying and suddenly I could not find her around me. I immediately realized that I need to oblige Governor Fayose’s instruction of the facing the press because of the safety of my family. I have earlier said before Nigerians and the whole world about the manipulation that characterized the 2014 governorship election in Ekiti State and still stand by all I said. You will also notice the several counter allegations by Fayose and his media team that none of them has refuted all I have said, rather the attack has been on the messenger and not the message.
“I will like to apologize to all Nigerians that perhaps, accepting the invitation was a tactical error. I will also like you to know that I am dealing with a master fraudster who is always full of mischief. You will all recollect how he announced the purported death of Hon. Afolabi Akanni; the purported arrest of four members of the Ekiti State House of Assembly that later resurfaced. I need to emphasize that all that transpired at Eko Hotel on that faithful day was an organized propaganda/drama to stain my image and malign my personal integrity and I believe it would be a good script for Nollywood act.”
In the video going round about their supposed reconciliation, Fayose was heard saying:
“Aluko remains my boy, my son. I am his father; I am his brother. The past is behind us. Whatever he said in public in the past is gone. It’s time to move on.”
And Aluko had confirmed by saying:
“This is about peace, this is about misunderstanding, this is about talking together, this is about family coming in, this is about well-meaning Nigerians coming in and that’s what we have achieved.”
The two men have been at loggerheads after Aluko made startling allegations about Fayose and the 2014 governorship election.
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