How Jonathan provided billions, military support to rig Fayose into office — PDP chieftain

A former secretary of the Ekiti State chapter of the governing
Peoples Democratic Party, Tope Aluko, on Sunday revealed how
former President Goodluck Jonathan gave the then candidate of
the party, Ayo Fayose, large sums of money and military support
to help rig the governorship election held in the state in 2014.
Mr. Fayose however reacted swiftly, describing the claims by the
former PDP secretary as simply a new distraction from the APC in
Ekiti State.
The governor said Mr. Aluko deserved no response from sane
minds.
Speaking on a political programme, Politics Today, on Channels
Television, Mr. Aluko narrated how the state’s chapter of the party
convinced Mr. Jonathan to part with huge sum of money and
direct the military and other security agencies to cooperate with
the PDP and ensure the party wins the election at all cost.
“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 south-west, 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,” Mr Aluko
said.
The PDP chieftain was also quoted as telling reporters in Abuja
that Mr. Jonathan actually gave Mr. Fayose $37 million (N4.7 bn)
which was used to rig the election.
The then incumbent governor, Kayode Fayemi, conceded defeat
after the Independent National Electoral Commission, declared Mr.
Fayose winner of the election.
Before the election, security operatives from the State Security
Service, acting as a “Strike Team” arrested some chieftains of the
APC, including then spokesperson of the party, Lai Mohammed
and others.
Troops of the Nigerian Army also blocked all roads leading into the
state, and the planes of some APC governors, including those of
Rivers and Edo States, were denied landing rights.
Mr. Aluko on Sunday said the then Minister of State for Defence,
Musiliu Obanikoro, and that of Police Affairs, Jelili Adesiyan, 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”.
He also revealed that there was an agreement to take out some
members of the APC to ensure that they do not give adequate
support to their members.
“There was a strike team, a mixture of the SSS, 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.
He listed the persons at the meeting to include Mr. Jonathan; the
then national chairman of the PDP, 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,” he said.
Rigging claims confirmed
After the election in 2014, an Army Captain, Sagir Koli, revealed
how some top officials of the federal government and the PDP
used the Nigerian Army and other security agencies to rig the
governorship election in Ekiti and Osun States.
In a statement he released, titled, “How Nigerian Army personnel
were used to rig Ekiti and Osun States Gubernatorial Elections
2014”, Mr. Koli gave details of all that transpired between himself,
his commanding officer, two ministers and some politicians prior
to the elections in Ekiti state.
Mr. Koli, who came back from his self-imposed exile and was
reinstated to the Army recently, stated in his statement released
early last year that he was officially deployed as the 32 Artillery
Brigade Intelligence Officer to provide credible Intelligence for the
success of the Ekiti State governorship election.
“At about 2030 hours on June 2014, a day to the election proper,
the commander, Brigadier General AA Momoh told me to escort
him to a place where the State Minister for Defence wanted to see
him.
“Reaching the place (Spotless Hotel in Ado- Ekiti), which serves as
coordinating campaign office for the PDP candidate Mr. Ayodele
Fayose, we met the Minister himself, Minister of Police Affairs, Mr
Fayose, Mr. Iyiola Omisore, one Honoruable Abdulkareem and
host of other top PDP chieftains,” he said.
The Army Captain revealed that the “presidential team” told the
brigade commander at their meeting that day that they were on
“presidential assignment” and they could not afford to fail.
They also told him that they were there to “remove any obstacles”
that would block their victory and that the commander was key in
achieving that objective.
“Therefore, he has no option but to collaborate with them. They
said, if the commander play(ed) with them, his promotion is in
their hands and the president and the chief of army Staff would be
very angry with him and he knows what that means,” Captain
Koli said
He also said having convinced the Brigade Commander, the team,
directed that soldiers on election duty must work hand in hand
with the PDP agents and give them all necessary support they
needed without limitation.
“They ordered the arrest of selected APC stalwarts that could
greatly assist the party during the election including the DG
campaign organisation for Dr Fayemi Mr. Bimbo Daramola.
“They directed that soldiers must block APC members’ access to
the electorates but all PDP supporters’ movement anywhere using
a designated sticker with inscription, “National Security Task” it
should be noted that some of these PDP agents were given NYSC
uniforms because we were well briefed by the commander,” the
Captain said.
Mr. Aluko, who was reported to be the Chief Returning Officer for
the PDP in that controversial election, was quoted as saying he
was forced to come forward with the revelations because Mr.
Fayose betrayed him and derailed from the original plan they had
for the development of Ekiti state.
Mr. Aluko told reporters that Mr. Jonathan initially gave Mr. Fayose
a first tranche of $2 million in March 2014 for the primary election.
He said cash was collected at the NNPC headquarters in Abuja and
was taken to Mr. Fayose’s private home in Abuja before it was
moved to Ekiti.
“Immediately after the primary election, we collected another $35
million from Jonathan on June 17, 2014. The money was brought
to us by the former Minister of State for Defence, Senator Musiliu
Obanikoro.
“We all assembled at the front office of Spotless Hotel, Ado Ekiti,
owned by Fayose. Thereafter, the cash was taken to a Bureau De
Change in Onitsha where it was converted to N4.7 billion”, Aluko
added.
Aluko not worthy of response from sane minds – Fayose’s
aide
The Special Assistant to the Ekiti State Governor on Public
Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, reacting to Mr.
Aluko’s revelations on Sunday described the former PDP scribe as
simply a new distraction from the APC in Ekiti State, saying he did
not deserve response from sane minds.
Mr. Olayinka said Mr. Aluko was already “beclouded” by his
desperation to seek
revenge against Mr. Fayose because of the governor’s refusal to
make him his Chief of Staff.
He accused Mr. Aluko of lying.
The governor’s aide, who said it was shameful that the APC was
refusing to accept a “scandalous electoral defeat they suffered 19
months ago” asked whether it was also soldiers that rigged the
2015 presidential, senatorial, House of Representatives and State
House of Assembly elections that the party lost woefully in Ekiti.
“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 Governor 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 an admittance by Aluko himself
that he is not a stable character.
“It is also a demonstration of the fact that giving the right offer
tomorrow, the same Aluko can also address the press tomorrow
to deny all what he said today. He can even deny his own
existence since he can deny what he said under oath just because
he was not made Chief of Staff.
“Therefore, we won’t bother ourselves, responding to what a
political parasite chooses to say because he wouldn’t have said
what he is now saying today if he had been made Chief of Staff to
Governor Fayose and it is sure that if he called today, and given
the right offer, he will begin to sing another song,” Mr. Olayinka
said.

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