In what would make classic movie script, former Ekiti zState Secretary of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ekiti State, Tope Aluko, has distanced himself from the truce he reached with Ekiti State Governor, Ayo Fayose, over the weekend.
He denied the reconciling meeting, saying the parley between them was a crafted propaganda by Fayose’s to demean his (Aluko) personality.
Fayose had after the peace parley with Aluko, said:“I am his father, I am his brother, whatever the past has held for all of us, I am still his father”
Asked if he had forgiven Aluko, Fayose said, “Whether you are talking of forgiveness, Aluko remains my son, my boy, whatever he has said, it is time to move forward.”
Aluko who was repeatedky asked if his altercation with Fayose was over, he told journalists evasively, that everything was behind now.
“This is about peace, this is about misunderstanding, this is about talking together, this is about family coming in, this is about well-meaning Nigerians coming in and that is what we have achieved,” Aluko said.
However, Tuesday, Aluko recanted this in Lagos in a press briefing. Dr Aluko said the purported parley was a script aimed at misinforming Nigerians.
The former PDP scribe, who recanted his earlier stance, said “One fact remains clear, there is nowhere that I, Temitope Aluko, refuted anything I have earlier said before Nigerians and the whole world about the manipulations that characterised the 2014 Governorship election in Ekiti State.”
Expressing displeasure over the purported reconciliation meeting, he said “I was shocked to see Governor Fayose walked into the meeting. At this point, I won’t want to bore you with the drama and face-off that ensue between me and governor Fayose inside the meeting.
“It is worthy of note that it was at this point that my wife badged into the meeting to inform me that she noticed the presence of pressmen downstairs and said ‘there is a problem’ but it was Fayose that interrupted her and said ‘madam, there is no problem.”
He added that “at that point, I became enraged and decided to leave the place but I noticed Governor Fayose rushing after me downstairs in a gestapo manner.
“My wife was already fidgeting and almost crying and suddenly I could not find her around me. I immediately realised that I needed to oblige to his (Governor Fayose) instruction of facing the press because of the safety of my family.”
He, however, appealed to Nigerians to disregard the peace treaty saying it was a tactical error on his part to have allowed Fayose to dictate the outcome of the meeting.
On January 31, Aluko opened a can of worms of how Fayose was rigged into office by the former President Goodluck Jonathan.
He had said he had all the details of how million of naira from the presidency passed hands to rig the election.
“I have all the details for all I am saying and I was present when they brought the money and it was Sen. Musiliu Obanikoro that brought the money, the 35 million dollars which he delivered to Fayose at Spotless Hotel.
“I can name eight people that were there. We were all there because he said he will want us to take delivery so that there will be transparency and accountability.”
Aluko also gave an insider account allegedly that the military was used to rig the election, describing the election as a ‘coup’
Claiming that the state was under siege and Federal might was fully deployed, Aluko, who, apologized to the people of Ekiti for being one of those who played major roles in bringing Fayose, his friend of over 40 years to power as Governor, said what took place in the guise of election was a high level manipulation.
He stated further: “Immediately after the primary election, we collected. another $35 million from Jonathan on June 17, 2014. The money was brought to us by the former Minister of State for Defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro.
“We all assembled at the front office of Spotless Hotel, Ado Ekiti, owned by Fayose. Thereafter, the cash was taken to a Bureau De Change in Onitsha where it was converted to N4.7 billion,” Aluko added.
Giving account of how the military was used to win the election, he said: “The former President agreed with Fayose and summoned a security meeting at the Presidential Villa for the purpose of the election. Those at the meeting were the former Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshall Alex Badeh; then Chief of Army Staff, Lt.Gen. Kenneth Minimmah; and former National Chairman of the PDP, Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu.
“Others included Fayose, Senator Iyiola Omisore, then Minister of Police Affairs, Jelili Adesiyan and Obanikoro. At that meeting, the former President made it clear to the ex-Chief of Defence Staff that Fayose would stand for him (as Commander-In-Chief) in terms of providing security for the election”.
Aluko alleged that Fayose, relying on Jonathan’s directive, approached the former Commander of the Army Brigade in Akure, Brig. Gen. Dikko, to take charge of the election for the PDP, who refused to cooperate and was replaced after a petition was filed against him.
“But Gen. Dikko did not give us audience. He stated bluntly that he would not be available for such operation. So Fayose sponsored a petition against him which led to his replacement with Brig. Gen. Aliyu Momoh who was amenable to our plans”, Aluko had alleged.