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Ex-Fayose Henchman Temitope Aluko Reveals Details Of Ekitigate Plot, Including Use Of Military And Funds From Presidency

February 9, 2016

Mr. Aluko described the use of the military to rig the gubernatorial election, interfere with political opposition, and suppress voters as “the highest level of injustice” despite his own involvement in the plot to use them. He also described how he, Mr. Fayose, Mr. Obanikoro, and Mr. Adesiyan agreed to enlist the help of Brigadier General Aliyu Momoh to coordinate the various military units and strike teams.

During an exclusive interview with SaharaTV, Temitope Aluko, the former right-hand-man to the embattled Ekiti State Governor Ayo Fayose, revealed the causes of his betrayal of Mr. Fayose and how they used the military to rig the 2014 Ekiti gubernatorial election in favor of him. The television interview, together with reporting by SaharaReporters, provides new evidence on how Mr. Fayose and Mr. Aluko lobbied two powerful Southwest federal ministers--the Minister of State for Defense Musiliu Obanikoro and the Minister of Police Affairs Jelili Adesiyan--to convince the former President Goodluck Jonathan to support their rigging plot which became known as Ekitigate.

Mr. Aluko said that he justified his unlawful action to rig the election for Mr. Fayose because he was hoping that “the dividends of democracy” would be felt by the everyday Ekiti citizen. He denied that not receiving powerful appointments Mr. Fayose promised him, like Chief of Staff, played a role in his decision to expose the pre-planning of the Ekitigate plot.

Mr. Aluko described the use of the military to rig the gubernatorial election, interfere with political opposition, and suppress voters as “the highest level of injustice” despite his own involvement in the plot to use them. He also described how he, Mr. Fayose, Mr. Obanikoro, and Mr. Adesiyan agreed to enlist the help of Brigadier General Aliyu Momoh to coordinate the various military units and strike teams.

The meetings they collectively had with former President Jonathan revealed that he was also keen to have Ekiti State in the control of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to facilitate with controlling votes in the Southwest region during the then upcoming presidential contests in 2015.

The interview between Mr. Aluko and SaharaTV can be viewed below. Part two of the video will be released soon.

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