Obanikoro, Adesiyan, others deserve the expose of Ekiti Rigging Tape

February 18, 2015 4:20 pm

The All Progressives Congress, APC, has called for the banning of former
Minister of state for Defence, Musliu Obanikoro, from holding any
public office over his role in the rigging of the governorship election
in on June 21, 2014.

Mr. Obanikoro’s name was Tuesday sent to the Senate for confirmation as
minister, by President Goodluck Jonathan. The APC asked the Senate not
to confirm Mr. Obanikoro.

APC also asked ’s armed forces to immediately begin investigating
Aliyu Momoh, a Major General for his role in the alleged rigging of the
election in Ekiti and repeating same in Osun and ensure that immediate
and necessary disciplinary action are taken against all individuals that
were involved in what it said was subversion of democracy.

A video recording recently emerged

of an intelligence officer in the Nigerian Army, Captain Sagir Koli,
giving details of how General Momoh was used by Mr. Obanikoro, Ayo
Fayose and others to rig the election.

Also now in the public domain is a recording of a secret meeting
convened by top PDP politicians to strategise on how to rig the Ekiti
election.

Rising from its first joint leadership meeting at the Shehu Yar’Adua
Centre Abuja, the APC also asked FG to immediately relieve the Minister
of Police Affairs, Jelili of his appointment.

The opposition party also asked the Nigerian government to ensure that
the armed forces are kept out of partisan politics in line with a recent
judgment by a court in Sokoto and its affirmation by the Court of
Appeal on Monday.

Part of the outcome of the joint leadership meeting was that the
rescheduled election dates of the March 28 and April 11 must remain
sacrosanct. The party said it would not tolerate any further shift.

The party added that “the use of the card reader for the 28th of March
and 11th of April is non-negotiable, as contrary to the misinformation
being disseminated the use of card reader is not synonymous with
electronic voting”.

Speaking earlier, the party’s presidential candidate and former Head of
State, Muhammadu Buhari, urged members of the party not to “relax” after
the completion of its campaign rallies nationwide.

Mr. Buhari said APC should not lose focus due to the extension. “Our
patience and resilience will be tested in the days ahead. We must pass
this test. In a time like this, which in football analogy can be
referred to as extra time, we must avoid making costly mistakes,” Mr.
Buhari said. The APC presidential candidate said the party must use the
next six weeks “to re-charge and re-focus on our goal”.

He said the goal of the APC remains to win the elections now slated for March 28 and April 11 with a convincing majority.

“We should aim to achieve a victory that will be beyond dispute and
proceed to form the next government and start work on the task of
rebuilding our beloved country.

“Our eyes must be on the objective to build a great society that works
for all of us. A country where every child has an equal opportunity to
get an education, where every young Nigerian who needs a job can find
one. Where the sick are looked after and senior citizens are provided
for. A country which gives value to human life, where the welfare and
security of all is a national priority and corruption is defeated,” he
said.

Speaking on the Ekiti rigging debacle, Buhari expressed surprise at the silence from the Presidency.

“Up till now, there has been no official denial of this most unfortunate
event. It makes me wonder, in the circumstances that led to shifting of
the date of the Federal Elections, whether the security services are
even now being prepared to play similar roles in the March 28th and
April 11th elections.
Mr. Buhari said security services have serious constitutional
responsibilities to the people of the nation adding that their
importance to the health of the country cannot be underestimated.

He urged the leadership of the security services to keep the institutions out of partisan politics.
“I personally and, am sure, all Nigerians, have tremendous respect for
our security services. I therefore urge strongly that they stick to, and
concentrate on, their constitutional duties, otherwise they stand the
risk of becoming part of our already complicated national situation,” he
said.

He also thanked members of the party who took time to participate in his campaign rallies across the country.

He particularly thanked those “who have been made mind boggling offers
by our opponents in a bid to break our ranks and curtail our momentum in
the march to change Nigeria for good, yet you have chosen to be on the
side of a cause that is just”. He appealed to the party leaders and
faithful not to rest thinking that all is won. 

“Six weeks is a long time and we do not know the plans of the other side but with our strong resolve, we will prevail.

“Therefore let us keep our eyes on the ball. Let us work as we have
never done before, and let us watch and help each other. The days and
weeks ahead will be tough.

“Our resolve will be tested and all kinds of evil tricks will be on
display. But do not despair. The goal is in sight. Change is coming. The
people of Nigeria will prevail. God has destined Nigeria to be a great
country. We shall overcome and Change shall be achieved,” Buhari said.

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