Fayose, Aluko truce can’t stop perjury case, says Ekiti attorney-general

Dr Tope Aluko and Governor Ayodele Fayose after reconciliation. PHOTO: Channels TV

Dr Tope Aluko and Governor Ayodele Fayose after reconciliation. PHOTO: Channels TV

Reconciliation changes nothing on Ekitigate, APC insists

Ekiti State Government yesterday said the reconciliation between Governor Ayodele Fayose and the embattled state Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Dr. Tope Aluko, would not deter it from pursuing the perjury case against Aluko to a logical conclusion.

The Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Owoseeni Ajayi, also appealed to the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, to continue to guide President Muhammadu Buhari, to forestall increasing human rights abuses and gross violation of court’s orders in the polity.

Meanwhile, the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state has said that the “purported truce between Fayose and Aluko, would not alter anything on the revelations so far on the probe of the June 21, 2014 governorship election fraud.

At a press conference in Ado-Ekiti yesterday, Ajayi said the state government won’t collapse the case of perjury it had instituted at an Ado-Ekiti High Court in spite of Aluko’s perceived rapprochement with Fayose.

The APC’s reaction followed insinuations that the weekend peace meeting between the duo was a blow to a just conclusion of the military probe into an election in which the Federal Government deployed the military and cash to influence the result in Fayose’s favour as revealed in the secretly recorded audio tape by Army Captain Sagir Koli.

But APC Publicity Secretary, Taiwo Olatunbosun, said in a statement on Monday that the reported truce between Fayose and Aluko would not alter anything in the revelations at the probe panel.

He said it was mischievous to insinuate that Aluko was lured by APC to lie against Fayose and the military officers who were dismissed after they were found guilty by the Army probe panel.

Dismissing allegation that Aluko was lured by APC to implicate Fayose and the soldiers, Olatunbosun said: “This is purely an internal matter within PDP and so APC has no hand in it. The reported meeting between Fayose and Aluko brokered by PDP leaders has proven conclusively that the latter is a full member of PDP.

“It is that recognition by PDP that made its leaders to invite the duo to a peace meeting, and contrary to Lere Olayinka’s insinuation, it is on record that Aluko had always insisted that his revelation at the probe panel was in response to APC’s petition against him on the controversial election in which he had to make restitution through confession to clear his conscience.

“It is mischievous to insinuate that Aluko’s reconciliation with Fayose will hurt the credibility of the probe panel. We must note that Aluko swore to an oath before making his testimony at the probe panel, and so his statement remains sacrosanct till the last is heard on the matter to ensure justice in the resolution of Ekitigate.”

He also warned Olayinka against attempt to discredit the entire probe process by saying that the military relied on Aluko’s lie to dismiss its top officers.

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