Perjury, court orders arrest of Temitope Aluko over the Ekiti election scandal

Tope Aluko

A magistrate court in Ekiti has ordered for the arrest of Temitope Aluko. Adesoji Adegboye, a chief magistrate in Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti state gave the order directing the state commissioner of police to arrest Temitope Aluko, the former secretary of the state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) over alleged perjury.

In the Motion, which was filed and moved by the State Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), Mr Gbemiga Adaramola, an order of the court was sought to issue warrant of arrest against Mr Aluko to be executed by the State Commissioner of Police for the purpose of committing Aluko to trial for the offence of perjury. Chief Magistrate Adegboye said the order was granted as a means for the first defendant (Aluko) to attend the court for defence.

A lawyer, Sunday Olowolafe, had applied to the State attorney-general for the prosecution of Aluko for alleged perjury. In the application, Olowolafe requested that “Dr Temitope Kolawole Aluko be arrested and sued for perjury in view of the interview recently granted on Channels Television by 8:00pm on Sunday 31 January, 2016”. He emphasised that Aluko’s utterances on Channels Television were at variance to his evidence before the election tribunal.

He further stated that “the said Dr Temitope Kolawole Aluko now recanted the evidence he gave in the cause of the hearing of the Ekiti state governorship election petition as a star witness even up to the supreme court. The certified true copy of the state on oath, evidence of Dr Temitope Kolawole Aluko in court on the 12/11/14 and Nigerian Tribune and The Punch newspapers of Monday, 01/02/2016 that reported the interview granted are hereto attached. It is to be noted that this if this act (perjury) is not looked into, it will definitely defile the cause of justice and consequently rubbish the judicial proceedings.”

It will be recalled that Aluko had earlier testified before the election tribunal that the June 21, 2014 governorship election in Ekiti was free and fair before his sudden change of tune.

In the Channels TV interview which is available here, Aluko, insisted that the Ekiti State governorship election was rigged, tendering evidences on how some areas were blocked in the state during the election. He confessed that he played major role in the 2014 governorship election that brought incumbent governor Ayo Fayose to power. He claimed that former President Goodluck Jonathan and his minister of state for Defence, Musliu Obanikoro spent more than $37 million to rig Fayose into office. The bulk of the money, according to him, was delivered in his (Aluko’s) presence to some military officers and other stakeholders in the election.


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