#EkitiGate: Tope Aluko is an Unstable Character – Lere Olayinka
Special Assistant to the Ekiti State Governor on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, has described the expelled former State Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Dr Temitope Aluko, as a new distraction from the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Ekiti State, saying he does not deserve response from sane minds.
Olayinka was speaking in response to allegations by Aluko that former President Goodluck Jonathan gave Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti State, $37m cash to prosecute the June 21, 2014, governorship election in the state.
Aluko, speaking with reporters in Abuja on Sunday, said the money was effectively used to defeat the then Governor of the State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, who was the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress.
He revealed that he was part of the team that prosecuted the election and was the chairman of the Intelligence, security committee for the campaign adding that he was also the governor’s principal witness at the Election Petition Tribunal.
“It was about $35m dollars which is about N4.7bn he gave us for the real election and for the primaries, he released 2 million dollars to Fayose,” he said.
“I have 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.”
In another account on Channels Television on Sunday, Aluko claimed that he accompanied Fayose to the office of Dr. Ifeanyi Uba who personally gave Fayose $2 million cash, a claim Uba denied.
Reacting, Olayinka said Aluko was already beclouded by his desperation to seek revenge against Governor Ayodele Fayose because of the governor’s refusal to make him his Chief of Staff, such that he (Aluko) was not mindful of committing the criminal offence of perjury.
“For Aluko to be taken seriously, he must first have to report himself to the police to be tried for perjury and committed to prison for three years, since what he is now saying is different from what he said under oath at the Election Tribunal being the only witness called by the PDP and Governor Fayose,” he said.
“If after giving evidence under oath at the tribunal that the Election was free, fair and credible and that security agents, including soldiers performed their duties creditably well, saying something else more than one year after is an admittance by Aluko himself that he is not a stable character.
“It is also a demonstration of the fact that giving the right offer tomorrow, the same Aluko can also address the press tomorrow to deny all what he said today. He can even deny his own existence since he can deny what he said under oath just because he was not made Chief of Staff.
“As per his claim that $37 million was given to the governor for the election, the governor got financial support from various sources as it is usual of anyone contesting election and it is not for to begin to advertise in the media the level of support the governor received from individuals, corporate organizations or groups.
“Therefore, we won’t bother ourselves, responding to what a political parasite chooses to say.”
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