Ekiti State Governor Ayo Fayose has admitted that his voice was one of the voices heard in the rigging audio clip.
An Army officer, Capt Sagir Koli, recorded the voices of Fayose, former Minister of State for Defence Musiliu Obanikoro, Police Affairs Minister Jelili Adesiyan, Osun State PDP governorship candidate Iyiola Omisore and Brig.-Gen. Aliyu Momoh allegedly strategising on how to use soldiers to manipulate the elelction.
But Fayose denied discussing a rigging plot, adding that “he was accusing Gen. Momoh of conniving with the All Progressives Congress (APC) to rig the election”.
The governor challenged his predecessor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, to go to court and prove that the military and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) colluded to rig the June 21, last year, governorship election.
Fayose also challenged Fayemi to produce the soldiers, who participated in the alleged electoral malfeasance in court and insisted that the soldiers must produce evidence to back up the allegation.
The governor was reacting to the ex-governor’s explanations on an ADABA 88.9 FM programme, “APC Change Hour,” in which Fayemi said some soldiers were ready to give evidence in court.
The audio clip, which has gone viral on the Internet, was aired on the programme. Fayemi said the second part would soon be released.
But Fayose accused Fayemi of “grandstanding and playing to the gallery”, saying the former governor should go to court to prove his allegation.
The governor, who itemised the areas he would want the soldiers to prove, said his predecessor was only trying to undermine the election adjudged by local and international observers as free, fair and credible.
He said: “The soldiers should give evidence and explain where and how they were instructed to rig the election, if they were instructed to thumb print ballot papers, or if they were instructed to snatch ballot boxes. How many of such ballot papers did they thumb print and how many boxes did they snatch?”
He said: “The problem with my predecessor is the defeat he suffered in the 16 local government areas. He is yet to recover from the shock, and he is fretting over the prospect of going down in political history as the first sitting governor to suffer such defeat.
“All that Fayemi is trying to do is to undermine the election adjudged best by local and international observers.
“I respected him before now but events after the election have exposed his character that he is not a democrat
“In 2011, when my defeat was very glaring, just like what we have now, I did not go about disparaging the winner. Instead, I went back to prepare for the next election.
“I say again, let him bring his soldiers who will say Fayose told them to rig election but they must show the evidence.”[The Nation]