The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti State has for the third time petitioned the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN), asking him to review the June 21, 2014 governorship election and prosecute suspects in the alleged “criminal” manipulation of the electoral process that returned the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ayodele Fayose, as the Governor of Ekiti State.
In a petition entitled, “Request for the prosecution of persons involved in conspiring and perpetrating acts of electoral fraud and malfeasance in the Governorship election of June 21, 2014 in a manner other than that envisaged by the relevant provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 as amended,” the party said the review of the matter had become imperative in national interest to avoid a cycle of politicians that could seize the reins of government through treason.
According to the petition by the State Chairman of APC, Olajide Awe, the party said its present petition arose from the recent confessions on Channels Television by the State Secretary of PDP in Ekiti State, Dr Temitope Aluko, published and broadcast on other electric and print media.
Aluko had made shocking revelations two weeks ago, alleging that Fayose gave Ekiti State INEC officials N1 billion to compromise its staff without the knowledge of former INEC Chairman, Prof Attahiru Jega, including naming all the personalities and institutions involved in the election scam that had drawn commentaries in the local and international media, calling for justice in Ekiti State.
In APC’s petition, the party referred to the earlier two petitions dated February 13, 2015 and November 23, 2015 on the same subject matter, saying that by the latest confessions by one of the principal participants in the election heist, “we are compelled to write this reminder to draw your attention to the urgent need to address the matter to ensure justice in what has turned a blight on the nation’s practice of democracy through treasonable actions that denied the votes of Ekiti people.”
The party listed alleged infractions to the letters of extant provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria