By Rotimi Ojomoyela
Ado-Ekiti- Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State, has told the Federal Government not to shield Dr Tope Aluko from facing perjury trial.
A Chief Magistrate Court sitting in Ado-Ekiti had granted an experte order, compelling the State Commissioner of Police to bring Dr Tope Aluko to Court for the purpose of committing him for trial for the offence of perjury. But Aluko, on the 10th of February had approached the same Magistrate Court seeking the vacation of the Warrant of Arrest issued against him. Aluko was wanted for allegedly recounting the statement earlier made on oath during the trial of the election of Governor Ayodele Fayose at the Election Petition Tribunal, where he served as a principal Witness to the Peoples Democratic Party in a case instituted by the All Progressives Congress.
The PDP Scribe had a couple of weeks ago granted an interview where he averred that the election of June 21, 2014, where Fayose had defeated ex-governor Kayode Fayemi to emerge governor, was allegedly rigged by the PDP in cahoots with the military .
Fayose said Federal Government should not shield Dr Aluko from facing open trial over his allegation that the June 21, 2014 governorship poll in the state was rigged in favour of the governor and his party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The governor, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Idowu Adelusi, in Ado-Ekiti Sunday, said it was unbecoming of a government, which prides itself as clean, to use an agency of government to prevent somebody that has breached the law of the land from prosecution.
He therefore demanded that the FG should not use the Department of State Security Service from preventing another arm of government, the judiciary, from trying Aluko for perjury. Fayose therefore said the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led FG should immediately allow the relevant agencies of government to try Aluko for perjury.
“To Aluko and his sponsors, he is a whistle-blower, one thing we are sure of is that the whistle will eventually explode on Aluko’s face as well as the faces of his sponsors. Aluko is the one who said he saw white and that the white has now turned black. Nigerians are demanding that he should be brought to the open to explain how what he said and maintained up to the Supreme Court level has changed.
“He testified under oath at the tribunal, Appeal Court and even the Supreme Court and he came out again to recant. A vital arm of government, the judiciary, issued a valid order for his arrest and prosecution and that was widely publicised, but surprisingly, the Federal Government is using the DSS to frustrate that by pretending to be interrogating him and shielding him from facing trial.
“Democracy is hinged on separation of powers and the rule of law so that nobody or arm of government would become the all-in-all. Those who are in authority now should know that others have been there before them and if their predecessors had turned everything upside down, what would they have met.
“If Aluko and his sponsors are sure of their allegation, let them release Aluko for trial in the open court. The people of Ekiti State who voted overwhelmingly for Ayodele Fayose and the Peoples Democratic Party are ready to defend the mandate they freely gave.
Every attempt they have made to rubbish the mandate have always failed including this Aluko plot and nobody should use an agent of government to cover the shame some people willingly brought on themselve by chasing shadows,”he said.
The governor therefore demanded that Aluko be handed over to the police for prosecution for perjury in accordance with a valid and subsisting court order.