Ekitigate: Prosecute Fayose, Others, APC Tells IG Arase

APC-FayoseThe Ekiti State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Thursday called on the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Solomon Arase, to prosecute Governor Ayo Fayose and some police officers fingered in the alleged criminal manipulation of the June 21, 2014 governorship election in the state.
The party listed the indicted police officers as: Assistant Inspector General (AIG) Bala Nasarawa, former Ekiti Mobile Police (MOPOL) Commander, Gabriel Selenkere and others.
According to a copy of the petition signed by the state Chairman, Olajide Awe, the APC requested Mr. Arase to investigate the roles of the police in the alleged electoral fraud.
The party specifically wants the former Ekiti MOPOL Commander investigated for his alleged unprofessional conduct bordering on alleged dishonesty and violations of the police’s code of ethics.
According to the petition entitled “Criminal Complaint Conspiracy, Bribery, Threats and Use of Military to Perpetuate Electoral Fraud Against the People of Ekiti State; Investigation of the role of the Nigerian Police Force in the Ekiti State Governorship Elections June 21, 2014”, the Ekiti APC drew the police IG’s attention to the content of an audio tape detailing criminal acts planned by those mentioned or whose voices were captured in the recording.
The party noted that on February 8, 2015, the audio recording capturing the voices of Fayose, Commander of 32 Artillery Brigade, Brig.-Gen Aliyu Momoh; Senator Iyiola Omisore, former Police Affairs Minister, Jelili Adesiyan; former Minister of State for Defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro and others, at a meeting where they conspired and strategised to rig the election, was released to the public.
Awe said: “The import of this audio recording is the revelations of criminal acts, which were planned and perpetrated by these men.
“The above listed persons conspired to tamper with the constitutionally and statutorily laid down procedure for the conduct of the election”.
He said during the meeting, strategies and plans to intimidate voters and perform electoral fraud were discussed.
In a swift response, the Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media to the Governor, Lere Olayinka said Wednesday’s Supreme Court judgment on the leadership dispute within the Anambra State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP), in which the court said it lacked jurisdiction to review its own judgment, should be enough for APC members to stop living in the illusion that the apex court judgment on the June 21, 2014 governorship election can be reviewed.

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