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Falana ‘Arrest Fayose for rigging elections,’ lawyer says

Fayose in his response, said Falana was frustrated because he could not achieve his ambition of becoming the Governor of Ekiti state.

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Human Rights Activist, Femi Falana

(Nigerian Current)

Senior Advocate of Nigeria and human rights lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana has called on security agencies to arrest Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti state for rigging elections.

This is following revelations made by former Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) secretary, Tope Aluko.

Aluko alleged that Fayose used the military to rig the 2014 Governorship elections in Ekiti state.

Punch reports that a statement issued by Falana, through his organisation, Value and Integrity Group, said  “Having consistently demanded the prosecution of all the wicked criminals who shared in the looting of the funds meant for the procurement of arms, Mr. Falana has called for the arrest and trial of Mr. Ayodele Fayose and his cohorts over the N4.8bn deployed to perpetrate the grave electoral malfeasance that characterised the last Ekiti State governorship election.”

The statement also said “In particular, Mr. Falana stated that Mr. Fayose should be tried since he was a candidate and not a governor when the serious electoral offences were committed by him. On his contention that the governor’s immunity does not cover his impunity, Mr. Falana cited several decisions of the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal.

“With respect to fresh facts which have established that the election was marred by monumental fraud, Mr. Falana has opined that the Supreme Court could be approached by the APC to review its judgment on the endorsement of the election of Mr. Fayose since it is trite law that any judgment obtained by fraud is liable to be set aside.”

“However, in recent time, earth-shaking revelations have been credited to those who took part in the illegal use of armed soldiers to manipulate the election in favour of Mr. Fayose.

Read: ‘Governor is trying to kill me,’ Tope Aluko says

“When the revelations of Captain Sagir Koli who recorded the conversation of the electoral bandits, including the altercation between General Aliyu Momoh and Mr. Fayose were published last year, there were denials by the dramatis personae,” the statement said.

Fayose in his response, said Falana was frustrated because he could not achieve his ambition of becoming the Governor of Ekiti state.

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