Monday, 1 February 2016

More Trouble for Fayose as Ex-Aide Reveals How He was Allegedly Rigged into Power

In addition to documents provided to SaharaReporters, our correspondent had an extensive interview with the Secretary of the Ekiti State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) TK Aluko. Mr. Aluko, the former right-hand-man to Mr. Fayose, was instrumental in both the successful rigging of the Ekiti gubernatorial election and Mr. Fayose’s political ascent.
Mr. Aluko’s intimate knowledge of the Ekiti State election is also because he was Mr. Fayose’s Chief Returning Officer, who signed the results on his behalf.
Mr. Aluko disclosed to our correspondent that plotting to rig the Ekiti gubernatorial election for Mr. Fayose began as early as March 23rd, 2014 when former President Goodluck Jonathan ordered Anambra state politician Chris Uba to release $2 million to Fayose following the primary election in Ekiti state.
“Fayose knew from the beginning of his gubernatorial ambition that he wanted to use the military and funding from the presidency to rig the election. He had much of the idea already in his mind,” Mr. Aluko revealed to our reporter.
Following their first meeting with Mr. Jonathan, Mr. Fayose, and Mr. Aluko received $2 million from Mr. Uba in “100 dollar denominations.” They used this money for when they returned to Ekiti, according to Mr. Aluko’s account.
Documents in SaharaReporters’ possession, and accounts by Mr. Aluko, reveal that the next meeting between Mr. Fayose and Mr. Jonathan took place in April during a council meeting. However, “we [Fayose and Aluko] knew that we needed a coalition of support to convince Mr. Jonathan to provide funding and military support.”
It was then that Mr. Fayose, together with Mr. Aluko, reached out to Mr. Obanikoro—the failed gubernatorial candidate from Lagos State and then junior Minister of Defense in 2014—and Jelili Adesiyan, the Minister of Police Affairs in 2014, to aid in convincing Mr. Jonathan to support Mr. Fayose’s gubernatorial bid.
“The coalition of Obanikoro, Adesiyan, and Fayose worked to convince Jonathan that the Southwest was his key to securing his presidential election in 2015,” Mr. Aluko explained.
Mr. Fayose, Mr. Aluko, Mr. Obanikoro, and Mr. Adesiyan met with other top PDP leaders, the military chiefs, and Mr. Jonathan in April. These leaders included Osun State Senator and gubernatorial candidate Iyolia Omisore, PDP Chairman Adamu Mu’azu; the Chief of Defense Staff Alex Badeh, Chief of Army Staff Lt. General Kenneth Minimah, and others.



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