by Kamarudeen Ogundele
A former Governor of Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, has said that some soldiers are ready to testify in support of the leaked audio file on how chieftains of the Peoples Democratic Party connived with the military to rig the June 21, 2014 governorship election in Ekiti.
The audio file released by Sahara Reporters, an online medium, detailed how the then PDP candidate, now Governor Ayodele Fayose; former Minister of State for Defence, Mr. Musiliu Obanikoro; Senator Iyiola Omisore; Minister of Police Affairs, Mr. Jelili Adesiyan and the military allegedly rigged the poll.
Fayemi, who spoke on a live programme, “APC Change Hour”, on an Akure, Ondo State-based Adaba 88.9 FM, monitored in Ado Ekiti on Thursday said the postponement of the 2015 general elections was not about security but about a secret plot to rig the polls.
He said, “We are taking every step to ensure this does not go unpunished. There are many soldiers willing to testify.
“There are many Captain Sagir Kolis who are willing to give evidence in the court of law. I am just appealing to all Nigerians to be patient as events unfold.”
He said the All Progressives Congress would resist militarisation of the election based on a judgment of a Federal High Court, Sokoto, which ruled against the use of soldiers for electoral duties.
“We in the APC will not allow the use of the military to oversee the conduct of the elections because we know and we are aware that they have sown fake police uniforms, they have sown fake army uniforms but we will not allow them,” he said.
On his defeat in the June election in Ekiti, Fayemi said the APC that had three senators, six members of the House of Representatives, 25 House of Assembly members, council chairmen and councillors could not lose so scandalously, saying “the latest revelations had proved the fact that the poll was rigged.”
He said, “Fayose is a desperate man, he is more desperate than (President Goodluck) Jonathan. He is one of the apostles of interim government. Gen. Momoh is a victim; he wants promotion.
“He believes that all his atrocities will come to hunt him; the judges that were beaten, the legislature that was sacked and the civil servants that were harassed.
“They are now using the military to rig elections and Nigerians must be vigilant. It is when the situation cannot be handled by the police that you call in the military.
“If you hear what Captain Koli said, he said they were given instructions (to rig Ekiti polls). Chris Uba, who is not a military officer, was giving order to military officers.
“It was soldiers that drove vehicles that conveyed PDP members to arrest APC members. Our members were arrested and they were not released until the election was over.”
On why he conceded victory a day after the poll, Fayemi said there was a “grand plan” from Abuja to kill as much people as possible after the election should there be any demonstration or protest against the result.
Speaking on alleged plot to remove the Independent National Electoral Commission’s chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega, Fayemi urged Nigerians to hold Jonathan by his words that Jega would not be removed.
The former governor also urged Nigerians to use their votes to flush out what he called “an incompetent government” during this year’s general elections, saying Nigerians needed to be vigilant in the days ahead to ensure that nobody tampered with their votes.