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'Fayose can be prosecuted if indicted in Ekiti poll scandal'

08 February 2016, 16:36

Ekiti - Human rights lawyer, Femi Falana, has said that Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, can be prosecuted if he is indicted by a panel set up by the military over the Ekiti governorship poll scandal.

Falana said that if Fayose was indicted by the panel, a former secretary of the Ekiti chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Temitope Aluko, could be used as a prosecution witness by the Federal Government.

Also read:DSS quizzes ex-PDP secretary over Ekiti poll scandal

Aluko had alleged that the PDP used the military to influence the governorship poll in favour of Fayose and that the Ekiti governor received $37m from ex-President Goodluck Jonathan for the election.

Falana said the military have investigated the role of the military in the election and it was confirmed that it was not an election but a coup executed by armed soldiers led by one General (Aliyu) Momoh. The panel recommended the dismissal of a number of military officers.

He said there is no immunity for impunity as far as electoral malfeasance is concerned. In the cases of Obi v Mbakwe, Alliance for Democracy v Ayo Fayose and Amaechi v INEC it has been established that governors cannot hide under the immunity clause to commit electoral fraud.

Source: Punch

- News 24


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