The former secretary of the PDP in Ekiti state is set to testify against the party at the ongoing probe into the alleged rigging during the gubernatorial election that ushered in Ayo Fayose as governor.
There is disquiet in Ekiti State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) over its expelled Secretary, Dr. Tope Aluko’s appearance before the army panel probing soldiers’ roles in the June 21, 2014 governorship poll, according to the Nation.
Aluko is believed to have travelled to Kaduna, venue of the sitting of the panel, led by Maj.-Gen. Adeniyi Oyebade, armed with what a source described as “very incontrovertible and incriminating evidence”.
At Tuesday’s sitting, Aluko was said to have chosen to testify in camera, following what the source described as the “sensitivity” of his evidence and the role his testimony could play in the outcome of the panel’s report.
Some military officers were in Ekiti during the election, including Capt Sagir Koli, who secretly recorded the voices of senior army officers and PDP chieftains perfecting strategies to “rig” the election.
Personalities whose voices were recorded included former Brigade Commander, Artillery Regiment, Akure Brig.-Gen Aliyu Momoh; Governor Ayo Fayose (the then PDP governorship candidate), Musiliu Obanikoro (then Minister of State for Defence), Iyiola Omisore (then Osun PDP governorship candidate) and Jelili Adesiyan (then Minister of Police Affairs).
Aluko was expelled in July by a disciplinary panel Fayose faction. His expulsion was recently confirmed by the PDP national leadership. A party source told a correspondent yesterday in Ado-Ekiti that Aluko’s appearance has been causing ripples and disquiet in the government and party circles.
The source revealed that although the Ayo Fayose-led administration and the Idowu Faleye-led PDP exco know that Aluko is aggrieved but they never expected him to “testify against the party from which he had benefited”.