The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti State has written the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), seeking a review of the June 21, 2014 governorship election and the prosecution of those accused of manipulating it.
The party described the alleged poll fraud “as an extraordinary shame of the nation which is unprecedented in the annals of its electoral history”, maintaining that the action of those indicted amounted to serious breach of the constitution and the Electoral Act.
In the petition endorsed by its Chairman, Olajide Awe, a copy of which was made available to reporters in Ado-Ekiti yesterday, the party described the alleged fraud as a “criminal manipulation of the electoral process”, adding that the personalities indicted must be punished.
Awe contended that the review of the matter had become imperative to avoid a cycle of politicians, who could seize the reins of government through treason.
The party boss said the petition, the third one, was precipitated by the recent confessions on Channels Television by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) State Secretary, Temitope Aluko, published and broadcast on other electric media and in the print media.
Aluko alleged that Fayose gave the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) N1billion to compromise its staff without the knowledge of former INEC Chairman, Prof Attahiru Jega, and named all the personalities and institutions involved in the scam.
In APC’s petition, the party referred to the earlier petitions dated February 13, 2015 and November 23, 2015 on the same subject matter, saying that by the latest confessions by one of the principal participants in the election heist, “we are compelled to write this reminder to draw your attention to the need to address the matter to ensure justice in what has turned a blight on the nation’s democracy “.
According to Awe, the infractions include:
- Unusual militarisation before, during and after the election that created fears and heightened the level of insecurity to the electorate throughout Ekiti State
- INEC’s compromise of the election by the principal beneficiary as contained in theEkitigate audio tape
- The involvement of PDP stalwarts, notably Senator Iyiola Omisore, Musiliu Obanikoro, Jelili Adesiyan, Chris Ubah and Hon Abdulrahman, among others, as revealed in the Ekitigatetape.
The party demanded a comprehensive investigation of all events and actions that precipitated the electoral heist and prosecution of all alleged and culpable culprits, both individuals and institutions, including INEC, in the election fraud saga.
Fayose’s Chief Press Secretary Idowu Adelusi described APC’s action as an exercise in futility.
He said: “It is a futile exercise because the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice has no such power to review the election.
“The issue concerning the election is a concluded matter which can never be revisited.
“The issue raised by Awe is an election matter conducted under stipulated time under the law because it is time bond.
“All parties have exhausted their rights at the tribunal, Appeal Court and Supreme Court under the law.”