Ado Ekiti - The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti state has warned that the planned arrest of Tope Aluko, the former secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party in the state, could degenerate into a breakdown of law and order.
Aluko had on Sunday claimed that Gov Ayodele Fayose rigged the 2014 governorship election with the help of former President, Goodluck Jonathan after he had earlier testified in court that the same poll was free and fair.
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A magistrate later ordered Aluko’s arrest for lying under oath.
But the APC in Ekiti in a statement issued by its Publicity Secretary, Taiwo Olatunbosun, said Gov Fayose had assumed the role of a judge in his own case.
The party said it was regrettable that the court was so much in a hurry to grant a warrant of arrest requested by Fayose who once stormed the court with thugs to assault a presiding judge sitting over his own alleged perjury case.
The party said it believes Fayose wants to hound Aluko into jail to prevent him from further exposing the election fraud.
The statement reads: “The impression being created by the court that Governor Fayose is a law unto himself or that he has the court in his pocket, is worrisome against the backdrop of the prostrate attitude of the court when the same man that is slamming a perjury case against an official of his own party stormed the court with thugs to sack the court sitting over his own perjury case.
“We are worried that the court that went to sleep during that national embarrassment suddenly became alive to deliver a ruling on a warrant of arrest request against the governor’s opponent within minutes, even though the same court was handicapped when the temple of justice was sacked by the same man now in need of court’s protection from investigation into the treasonable offence that brought him to power.”
“Even though we know that the problem between Fayose and Aluko is purely an internal problem of PDP, it is nevertheless an attempt to cover the truth in the investigation of the election crime that deprived our candidate, Dr Kayode Fayemi, a victory in the June 21, 2014 governorship election,”
We hereby sound a note of warning that never shall we allow Fayose a free reign as he did when he was using thugs to commit illegality, including hounding 19 APC lawmakers out of Ekiti State for six months and the judiciary closed the courtrooms for months to deny APC that had several cases in courts justice,”
- News 24