The whistleblower on the alleged rigging of the June 21, 2014 governorship election in Ekiti State, Dr. Tope Aluko, yesterday appeared in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital, reliving his encounter with security and anti-graft agencies.
The embattled Secretary of the state Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said he spent 12 days in the Department of State Services (DSS) custody, five days with the police and another five days with Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) operatives.
Aluko said Governor Ayo Fayose was running from his shadow, following his (Aluko’s) startling revelations that the election which produced him (Fayose) as the winner was rigged.
The former university don, on a Channels Television programme, POLITICS TODAY, on January 31, giving details of how the Goodluck Jonathan administration deployed $37 million and security forces to rig the poll.
He said since his revelation, Fayose had been gripped by fear.
Aluko said he volunteered oral, documentary and electronic evidence to security agencies on how the election was manipulated.
Addressing a briefing in Ado-Ekiti, Aluko said he remains the PDP secretary as he and other aggrieved State Working Committee (SWC) members have filed a suit against their purported removal by a faction loyal to Fayose.
He noted that the petition which landed him in custody was written by the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Aluko denied betraying Fayose, maintaining that the governor can never deny that the election was not rigged.
He said: ”The APC sent the petition to the DSS, police and EFCC.
“I was shocked when the government said I’m Judas. The government is the Judas because it betrayed me.
“I am still a member of the PDP. It was the APC which sent the petition .
“During the interrogations, I was asked so many questions and I answered truthfully.
“I gave them the answers, because I said I wanted to do restitution and that is what I’ve done.
“So if Lere (Olayinka) is now saying that somebody is a Judas. It is Lere that is the Judas. I know what transpired between Lere and I but I won’t say it here.
“If Governor Fayose is running away from his shadow that is his problem.
“The security operatives did not maltreat me and I don’t know if they would charge me to court, because I’m actually on bail.
“I don’t know if they will invite me again. If they do, I will go. I have said all I have to say on Channels Television and my mind is free.
“ I worked for Fayose. We did everything together, he cannot deny it.
“And if he is now talking about glorifying somebody and calling me Judas, he is the Judas.”