THE Ekiti State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has warned that the arrest of erstwhile secretary of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state, Dr Tope Aluko, for allegations of perjury, was an invitation to anarchy in the state.
Ekiti APC, in a statement by its publicity secretary, Chief Taiwo Olatunbosun, on Thursday, said it “warned Governor Ayodele Fayose against unjust arrest” of Aluko, saying “such a plan is capable of stoking anger among the citizens, APC members in particular, to cause a breakdown of law and order.”
According to the APC, “Fayose wanted to assume the role of a judge in his own matter” and contended that “it is regrettable that the court was so much in a hurry to grant a warrant of arrest request by Fayose.”
The party’s spokesman said the court should not be seen as protecting the governor.
According to Olatunbosun, “the hurry with which the court came to the aid of the governor is provocating.”
He said: “We would have expected the court to ask for the evidence of perjury in what Aluko said on Channels television, because to our knowledge, he did not speak on oath on the television programme.
“Conversely, if it is on the basis of Aluko’s testimony at the tribunal, where he swore on oath that he is being hounded for arrest, we can then assume that his testimony at the tribunal is not true and so, he must face a perjury case.
“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, victory in the June 21, 2014 governorship election.”
Olatunbosun said “APC would resist any conspiratorial attempt to block transparent investigation of the election fraud,” adding that “if Aluko must be investigated for perjury, then other PDP members that testified at the tribunal, including the governor, must submit themselves to the charge of perjury since they presented the same evidence at the tribunal.
“By PDP’s action, the party has admitted that Aluko lied at the tribunal, but spoke the truth on Channels and so, he must be charged with perjury, based on the statement on oath at the tribunal, but others who presented the same evidence at the tribunal must also be deemed to have committed perjury and must be charged as well.
“Attempt to arrest Aluko while leaving out other people that presented same evidence at the tribunal appearances will be considered as a witch-hunt being encouraged by the court to hound Aluko into jail to block transparency in the investigation of Ekiti poll fraud that brought Fayose to power.”
He said : “We, hereby, sound a note of warning, that never shall we allow Fayose a free reign as he did when he hounded 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.
“Our party will respond with equal measure if any attempt is being promoted to block transparency in the investigation of the crime that denied our candidate a deserved victory.”
Reacting, the state government, through the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr Idowu Adelusi, said the APC need to be told in frank language that a democratically-elected government is on ground in Ekiti State and not one got through judicial coup, as such, should not attempt to test its strength.
“The implication of that is that it should not do anything funny, otherwise it will have itself to blame. The party tried it through its infamous former 19 lawmakers and got its fingers burnt.
“If APC is sad and disorganised over the issuance of warrant of arrest granted by the court, it should advise Aluko to submit himself honourably and allow the law take its course.
“Aluko is expected to tell the court why he lied on oath. If the APC is not a party of brigandage, which has no regard for the judiciary, it suppose to encourage Aluko to surrender himself for trial, instead of backing him to join the ranks of APC murder suspects, who had gone under to evade court trial.
“Some APC members, including its state chairman, are wanted for trial over killing of 12 people in the state during the Kayode Fayemi-led administration.
“ If Aluko is being encouraged to snub the court order, we are not surprised, because the APC has no place for respect for the judiciary in its lexicon, since the party is headed by a dictator,” he said.