As Nigerians are still reeling with the shock from the #DasukiGate arms scandal, here comes another one – #EkitiGate. Dr. Temitope Aluko former Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ekiti State gave a shocking revelation on Sunday on how Governor Fayose of Ekiti State was rigged into office during 2014 governorship election in the state. He revealed this in Abuja on Sunday while speaking to Newsmen.
According to him, the former President Goodluck Jonathan gave Governor Ayo Fayose N4.7 billion cash to prosecute the June 21, 2014 governorship election in the state. He said Jonathan initially gave Fayose $2 million in March 2014 for the primary election, which was collected at the NNPC Towers, Abuja. The money was used to defeat Dr. Kayode Fayemi the then governor of the state who was the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
He said he was the Chairman of the Intelligence and Security Committee for the Fayose Campaign Organisation and part of the team that prosecuted the election, explaining that he handled the waiver Fayose got from the PDP at the national level to enable him to qualify to take part in the governorship primary.
He further explained his roles in the emergence of Fayose, saying he delivered the congresses that produced Fayose and was also the governor’s principal witness at the Election Petitions Tribunal.
Aluko also alleged that:
“It was about $35 million, which is about N4.7 billion he gave us for the real election and for the primaries, he released $2 million to Fayose. I have details of all I am saying and I was present when they brought the money and it was Senator Musiliu Obanikoro that brought the money, the $35 million, which he delivered to Fayose at Spotless Hotel. I can name eight people that were there. We were all there because he said he would want us to take delivery so that there will be transparency and accountability.
“Let me just stop there for now, but I am just trying to say that both the security and the funding came from the Presidency and even the primaries money we collected at the NNPC Towers in Abuja here and they took $300,000 from the $2 million for courier which was on Monday, 23rd of March 2014 and we took it to Prince and Princess, Fayose’s house, but the N4.7 billion came into Ekiti on June 17, 2014.”
Aluko said he was making the revelation because governor Fayose has refused to keep his part of the agreement.
“Before the election, Fayose, Femi Bamishile and I jointly swore with the Holy Bible on a sharing formula after we must have won the election. We agreed that Fayose would be governor, Bamishile his deputy and I, Chief of Staff. But the moment he got into office, Fayose reneged on the agreement and left me in the lurch. More worrisome is the fact that Fayose has derailed from the original Ekiti project we envisaged.”
Reacting to Aluko’s allegations, the Special Assistant to Governor Fayose on Public Communications and Media, Mr. Lere Olayinka, said Aluko was on a revenge mission against the governor because of his refusal to make him his Chief of Staff, such that he (Aluko) was not mindful of committing the criminal offence of perjury.
“For Aluko to be taken seriously, he must first have to report himself to the police to be tried for perjury and committed to prison for three years, since what he is now saying is different from what he said under oath at the election tribunal, being the only witness called by the PDP and Fayose. If after giving evidence under oath at the tribunal that the election was free, fair and credible and that security agents, including soldiers, performed their duties creditably well, saying something else more than one year after is admittance by Aluko himself that he is not a stable character.”
In response to the alleged money collected from former president Goodluck Jonathan, he had this to say:
“As per his claim that $37 million was given to the governor for the election, the governor got financial support from various sources as it is usual of anyone contesting election and it is not for us to begin to advertise in the media the level of support the governor received from individuals, corporate organisations or groups.”