By Samuel Ogundipe
The National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has called on security agencies to probe a controversial audiotape that purportedly revealed how the June 21 gubernatorial elections in Ekiti State was rigged.
Addressing a press conference in Lagos, Mohammed said the National Assembly must also invite everyone who featured in the secretly-recorded tape to testify.
The audio, which has now gone viral, was allegedly recorded on the eve of the elections, meaning 20th of June.
The first part of the audio captured voices, which allegedly belonged to Governor Ayo Fayose, Senator Iyiola Omisore, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro and Police Affairs Minister Jelili Adesiyan at a meeting where they ordered military officers including a Brigadier-General to help the PDP in manipulating the electoral process in the state.
It was leaked by Sagir Koli, a Captain and Intelligence Officer of the 32 Artillery Brigade, Akure, Ondo State,
“We urge the National Assembly to launch a probe of the role that the military played in the Ekiti election because of the danger it portends for our democracy. They must invite everyone who featured in that audio of shame to testify about the rigging of Ekiti poll, using the military,” Mohammed said.
He also warned Jonathan administration to desist from using the military to play partisan politics.
“We want to remind the Presidency and the PDP that the military is a national institution that is far too important as a symbol of our national unity to be toyed with or dragged into partisan politics. We will also remind the military that its loyalty should be to the Federal Republic of Nigeria, not to any party or individual, whoever that person may be.
“We will like to warn, for the umpteenth time, that the military should not be used for policing duties during elections. That role should be left for the police and the Civil Defence. Is it not curious that over 1,000 troops could be made available for election duty at a time the military was battling the Boko Haram insurgency in the North-east? Is it any surprise then why this battle has not achieved much in six years?” he said.