ByÂ SundayÂ Aloba, Ado-Ekiti
The Ekiti State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has urged the Federal Government through the office of the Attorney-General and Minister of Justice to prosecute all those indicted in the Ekiti election rigging scandal.
Reacting to the claims by a former Secretary of the Peopleâ€™s Democratic Party (PDP) in the state, Dr Tope Aluko,Â on Sunday, the party urged the Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, to ask Governor Ayo Fayose to tell Nigerians which election result he was collating in Efon-Alaye on June 19, 2014.
The party said it had on two occasions petitioned the Office of the Attorney General and Minister of Justice on the same matter, stressing that the latest revelations by PDP scribe had made it imperative that the nationâ€™s chief law officer must act now.
Publicity Secretary of the party in the state, Mr. Taiwo Olatunbosun, noted in a statement on Monday that the election fraud crisis had refused to go despite all shenanigans by Fayose, who he said was the biggest beneficiary of the election fraud that had created blight on Nigeriaâ€™s international image.
Olatunbosun said even though there was nothing new in the PDPâ€™s scribeâ€™s revelations, he noted, however, that it had become pertinent to prosecute the suspects as the revelations were again emanating from the insider who participated fully in what is now known as Ekitigate.
â€œBy Alukoâ€™s revelations, we are justified in our claim that our candidate, Dr Kayode Fayemi, never lost that election, but was criminally toppled by a coup dâ€™etat orchestrated by Fayose in cahoots with President Goodluck Jonathanâ€™s administration that illegally deployed money and the military to ensure victory for Fayose.
â€œIt is interesting that more names are coming up in the biggest election scam ever witnessed in Nigeria with the alleged participation of Ifeanyi Ubah of the infamous Transformation Agenda for Nigeria (TAN), a shadowy campaign group for former President Jonathan in the fraud. No wonder Ubah was compensated with a honorary Fellow by Fayose at the Ekiti State College of Education for a job well done.
â€œIt is in the light of this that we are calling on the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation to prosecute all the suspects in the election fraud for treasonable felony to preserve the integrity of the Nigerian Constitution,â€ Olatunbosun said.
The APC said President Muhammadu Buhari should use Ekiti election fraud case to convince Nigerians that official impunity and fraud would not have a place in Nigeria under his watch.
â€œThe military men were mere agents used by Fayose to rig the election. Some of the officers implicated in Fayoseâ€™s crime had been recommended for various sanctions, including losing their jobs while others are to face prosecution by the EFCC and court martial, according to the military rules and administrative procedure.Â