The Ekiti State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has again petitioned the Attorney General and Minister of Justice of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, praying him to prosecute suspects in the June 21, 2014 governorship election fraud in Ekiti State as captured in an audio tape secretly recorded by Captain Sagir Koli.
It said the latest petition was informed by failure of the Office of the Minister of Justice to act on its earlier petition of February 13, 2015 demanding probe into the audio tape detailing acts of treason by some PDP leaders in cahoots with some military officers to cause a change of government in Ekit State through means other than as prescribed by the 1999 Constitution of Nigeria.
In the February 13, 2015 letter to the office of the former Minister of Justice, Mohammed Adoke, and copied to former Inspector General of Police, Suleiman Abba; and Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the party prayed them to prosecute persons involved in conspiring and perpetrating acts to unseat former Governor Kayode Fayemi in a manner other than that envisaged by the Constitution.
In the fresh petition by the state Chairman of APC, Olajide Awe, the party said the reminder to the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) became imperative in light of the action taken by the Military to investigate the culpability or otherwise of their men and officers. He added that although it was not clear whether the Military took its action unilaterally or at the prompting of the AGF, it is now imperative that other security institutions accused of complicity in this treasonable action should also be compelled to institute investigations into the roles of their officers and men in the Ekiti electoral fiasco.
In Awe’s earlier petition, APC called AGF’s attention to an audio recording by Captain Sagir Koli of the 32 Artillery Brigade based in Akure which was released to the public capturing the voices of Governor Ayo Fayose, the Commanding Officer of 32 Artillery Brigade, Brig-General Aliyu Momoh; Senator Iyiola Omisore, Police Affairs Minister, Jelili Adesiyan; former Minister of State for Defence, Musiliu Obanikoro and others in a meeting where they strategised to rig the June 21, 2014 governorship election in favour of the candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Ayodele Fayose.
APC asked INEC to investigate the matter and prosecute its staff involved to bring them to justice for offences against the Electoral Act. It also asked the police authorities to investigate their personnel for the act of undue influence, conspiracy, treason and breaching the provisions of the Nigerian Constitution and Criminal Code in the prosecution of Ekiti election in favour of the PDP’s candidate.
Awe pointed out that the import of the audio tape was the revelation of the criminal acts that were planned and perpetrated by these men, stressing that the act contravened Section 1(2) of the 1999 Constitution as amended.
According to him, Section 1(2) says “The Federal Republic of Nigeria shall not be governed, nor shall any person or group of persons take control of the Government of Nigeria or any part thereof, except in accordance with the provisions of this Constitution.”
Awe said during the meeting, strategies and plans to intimidate voters to perform electoral fraud were hatched to take over control of the government of Ekiti State in a manner contrary to the provisions of the constitution and other relevant statutes.
APC chairman listed infractions of the constitution as perpetrated by the accused as follows:
The use of the military to assist in electoral manipulation contrary to the purpose of the military as provided for by the Constitution; the use of stickers for the identification of persons not to be harassed and detained by the military; and Ayo Fayose admitting in the tape to copying voting materials provided by INEC and got them printed to rig the election.
Others include the reprimand of the military personnel for detaining members of PDP who were engaged in electoral fraud and malpractices and Obanikoro clearly stating in the tape that he was under instructions from the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to influence the election in Fayose’s favour while also offering promises of promotion to the military personnel if the plans discussed were carried out.
Awe quoted Obanikoro in the tape intimidating Brig-General Aliyu, saying: “Look here, you can’t get promotion without me sitting on top of your Military Council. If I am a happy man tomorrow night, the sky is your limit.”
He pointed out that the tape had gone viral on the Internet, even as he advised the minister of justice and others to check the link via visitinghttps://soundcloud.
Pointing out that the issues highlighted were in clear violations of the provisions of the Nigerian Constitution, Electoral Act, the Armed Forces Act and the Criminal Code, all amounting to criminal conspiracy and treason, the party urged the minister to investigate the matter to bring persons involved to justice, warning that failure to act would compel the party to approach the court to seek an Order of Mandamus compelling the attorney general to so act.