The Ekiti State chapter of All Progressives Congress, APC, says it has printed and distributed 250,000 copies of the audio and video recordings revealing the details of how the June 21, 2014 governorship election was allegedly rigged in favour of Governor Ayodele Fayose of the Peoples Democratic Party.
A statement by the Publicity Secretary of the party in Ekiti, Taiwo Olatunbosun, said the recording exposed a grand conspiracy coordinated by some officers of the Nigerian Army.
Olatunbosun said the party took the step to let the world know the truth about “Ekiti election miracle where a governor with unrivaled sterling performance failed to win a single local government out of the 16 local government areas of the state, including his own”.
He said it was giving victory to a man, who two years earlier, had lost a senatorial election in the state.
The statement read, “Details of corrupt practices by soldiers, as contained in the tape, lent credence to the inclusion of the military as a defendant at the Ekiti State Election Petitions Tribunal, challenging the return of Fayose as the winner of the election.
“In the tape, secretly recorded by Army Captain Sagir Koli, voices of participants in the election fraud were heard talking about operational details and giving instructions on how to help Fayose to win the election. Koli went on exile after releasing the tape.
“Another group, a non-governmental organisation, had two weeks ago produced 200,000 copies and distributed them around the world with copies sent to the United Nations, African Union and ECOWAS secretariats.
“Nigerians and indeed decent people of the world will hear of how a Brigadier-General in the Nigerian Army was thoroughly disgraced by brigands and lawless individuals in the PDP, who should ordinarily quiver when an army corporal gives orders.
“Nigerians will hear a Brigadier-General talking of how he set up ‘Strike Forces’ to be unleashed on APC leaders and supporters in cowing them down to submission in order to ensure victory for Fayose.
“It is a pity and a tragedy of our history that a man who is supposed to be in chains and drilled in frog-jump by a Nigerian Army recruit for his crime is the one assuring a serving Brigadier-General in the Nigerian Army of promotion if he could help the PDP in the dishonourable enterprise of poll fraud in favour of a man with several alleged criminal cases in courts.
“Nigerians will hear Fayose and other co-conspirators talking and boasting that the top echelons of the Nigerian Army and their Commander-in-Chief were the chief executioners of Ekiti poll fraud. The world will hear Fayose talking about how he collected soft copies of INEC’s sensitive election materials and got them printed to give him victory”.
Olatunbosun explained that the confession by Fayose that he collected soft copies of INEC sensitive materials and got them printed had confirmed the party’s claim that photochromic papers were used to fix Ekiti election in his favour.