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Ekiti Elections: AGF Aondoakaa Steps In; Judge To Be Removed for Permitting Exhibits

September 12, 2009

The progress being made at the gubernatorial elections tribunal which is handling the outcome of the controversial election re-runs in Ekiti state has attracted the attention of Nigeria’s controversial AGF, Michael Aondoakaa, who has now decided to help remove the chairman of the tribunal, Hamman Barkar.

Mr. Barkar's "offence" is that he has permitted "too many" exhibits, including videos, at the tribunal where the Action Congress (AC) candidate, Kayode Fayemi is challenging the fraudulent election of the incumbent and People's Democratic Party candidate, Segun Oni.

Three nights ago, Oni met with three other persons at the government house:  Adebayo Adenipekun, a lawyer from Afe Babalola’s chambers; Tunde Ogunsakin, the recently dismissed Director of Operations at the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC); and an aide to the governor who is expected to handle the financial aspects of the operation.

Sources told Saharareporters that Ogunsakin is acting on behalf of Aondoakaa in the transaction. He remains close to the AGF despite his sack from the EFCC after he was accused of examination malpractices by the agency, and he remains in the police force.

The new plot is to blackmail and remove the tribunal chairman.  It would be recalled that in the last tribunal, Chief Afe Babalola caused two chairmen of the tribunal to be replaced as well. The outgoing president of the Court of Appeal, Umaru Abdullahi, is reportedly part of the plan.

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