Leaked Ekiti Tape: Lawyers, civil society demand full investigation

Several lawyers and civil society activists have urged the Nigeria government to embark on a thorough investigation of the audio recording revealing how some Peoples’ Democratic Party chieftains connived with security agencies to rig the gubernatorial election in Ekiti State.

At the meeting, as evidenced by the recording, prominent officials of the PDP were heard discussing strategies for rigging the 2014 Ekiti governorship election, a poll in which the party eventually won by a landslide.

But some of the actors, including Musiliu Obanikoro, a former Defence Minister, and Ayo Fayose, who defeated the incumbent governor, denied being a party to the plot to rig the election and questioned the authenticity of the recording.

Despite their denials, the Minister of Police Affairs, Jelili Adesiyan, who also attended the meeting, confirmed Sunday that the tape was authentic.

He however disagreed with the context of the discussion, saying the meeting was never about plans to rig the Ekiti State election.

Speaking in separate interviews with PREMIUM TIMES on Monday, lawyers and activists said they were convinced the recording, which was leaked by Sagir Koli, a Captain in the Nigerian Army, is authentic.

Debo Adeniran, Executive Director of Coalition Against Corrupt Leaders, CACOL, said he believed the incident actually took place.

“When people do such things, they normally do it in secrecy with a view to denying it when they are busted. Which is what Obanikoro and Fayose have done,” said Mr. Adeniran.

“But that will not deny the fact that the voices and mannerisms were for those whose voices were recorded, especially Obanikoro and Fayose. Their denial should not be taken as final. They should be tested in a court of competent jurisdiction so that at the end of the day people should not force themselves on the citizens.”

Mr. Adeniran urged the relevant authorities not to sweep the matter under the carpet, noting that the incident “portends a great danger for the future of Nigeria.”

“A democracy whereby people can stage a coup and get away with it. This time around, the police and DSS (Department of State Security) should promptly arrest those ones not covered by immunity, extract more information from them, and charge them to court. Those in the military should be made to face a court martial.

“If it is true that the election in Ekiti State was rigged, because the governor had no reason to win it in the first place, the situation should be reversed and impeachment proceedings instituted against the governor.”

In addition to Messrs Obanikoro and Fayose, others who participated in the alleged rigging plot include Iyiola Omisore, a former PDP gubernatorial candidate in Osun State, and Aliyu Momoh, a Brigadier General, among others.

Festus Keyamo, a human rights lawyer, said that the leaked tape was not meant for entertainment.

“That incident that was recorded is an incident that touches and goes to the very root of our democracy. It’s a tape that will dictate the survival of our democracy or otherwise.”

Mr. Keyamo called for a thorough investigation of all the dramatist personae involved, including the officer who recorded the conversation, and for the findings to be made public.

“Whoever is found culpable must be punished. The matter must not start and die with the denial of the people involved. There must be a thorough criminal investigation.”

Another human rights lawyer, Ebun Adegboruwa, however, said that the release of the audio recording was belated and therefore no longer useful to the Election Petitions Tribunal.

“I believe that the responsibility is on the person making the allegation to make himself available for investigation,” said Mr. Adegboruwa.

“Why did he wait until judgment was delivered at the (Election Petitions) tribunal? Having waited for the tribunal process to be completed it is of no relevance to the judicial process.

“It can’t be used for appeal because the Court of Appeal is not a court of evidence. It only reviews the judgment delivered by a lower court, you can’t smuggle in evidence at that stage.”

Mr. Adegboruwa also called for the arrest of those involved in the incident.

“If these allegations are true, it casts a shadow on the integrity of this government and that of the electoral process. I suspect that there may be more to it than meets the eye.”

In his reaction, Chino Obiagwu, National Coordinator, Legal Defence and Assistance Project, LEDAP, said that the development has justified calls for the setting up of an independent Electoral Offences Commission.

This Commission will be saddled specifically with the task of investigating incidents such as the one in the leaked audio tape, according to Mr. Obiagwu.

“If the meeting held, then all those involved must be prosecuted effectively such investigations should be the basis to annul that election for reason of premeditated interference and a use of power in the process.

“Only an independent prosecuting agency can handle it.”


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  • Khafilat Adeoye

    PRESIDENT GOODLUCK JONATHAN MUST WAKE UP

    The US, Buhari and APC are setting up the Ivory Coast option as follow up to the 2015 Presidential elections …… their plans are so obvious.

    President Goodluck Jonathan must link up with Russia, China and set up the Ukraine option as a back up plan for the 2015 Presidential elections.

    Now that President Putin is in Egypt ….. what stops him from visiting Nigeria ?

    Take if from me ……. only the re-election of President Goodluck Jonathan will guarantee peace and stability in Nigeria.

    • Tunde Oga

      Only in your dream will your Goliath be re elected. Nothing more to say

    • Yemi

      Don’t mind her. She’s is sister-in-law to Fayose. All of you go hear wen after may 29th

    • Tunsj

      Keep on dreaming and stop sleeping at the edge of the bed. Sleeping at the edge of the bed contributes to bad dreams.

    • Denis

      You better be careful of what you wish for, because you may as well get it. Can you stand to face a war or instability as you called it. Democracy is about the majority deciding on who they want to be ruled by. All this noise about Jonathan or nothing is a mere empty rhetoric. Putin has no use for Nigeria, he is embroiled in his own problems up to the neck, so forget it.

    • Otile

      You are both beautiful and intelligent. Thank God for your life, bebe

  • Northerner

    GEJ will leave office on May 29th 2015 and no one from South-South (except Ameachi versions/ John Oyegun/ Rochas…) will ever become a Nigerian president! Disgraceful imbeciles! GEJ is a failure!

  • Comfortkay

    Since independence the problem of Nigeria are enormous,PDP has added more to Nigeria problem, and the whole world watched in utter disgust and amazement as Nigeria plunked from one Crisis to another.

  • Jamoh

    So many Nigerians no longer have regards or respect for the President simply because he is civil and simple can they do this with Buhari? a man who said if the press should distract him he will have no option but to gad the press. If he can say that of the press what should an ordinary citizen who does not enjoy the role of the press as enshrined in the constitution. The Tinubu’s and Ameachi’s are dictators who wont listen to advice from anyone. Thanks to those who know the value of free society and the pains of an enslaved society.

    • PureNigerian

      So he is not suppose to be civil?

  • Maria

    Jonathan is the lead criminal… anyone thinking that his government will prosecute these hoodlums led by him must be hallucinating. Jonathan today is the father of criminals in Nigeria.

  • Chris1408

    Will GEJ prosecute GEJ, he’s the leader of the riggers. It’s not only clueless and corrupt, but ev!l. What’s the NASS going to do about this impeachable offence

  • Abiodun Jejelola

    How on earth can Sahara Tent, turn to a Sahara Tape conversation? This is something that I don’t understand! I might be mistaken about this, but when you see coincidences coincide, then one cannot but ask questions/ I don’t know about you, but I did listened to that alleged tape conversation, but if you care to write it down word for word, it does not in any way suggest anything about rigging!

    As a matter of fact, if you have ever been to any local political meetings, it is more or less similar to some of the type of conversation that you would hear, apart from the fact that this has to do with issues that has to do with security. It is really not an issue, except there are any other evidence to the contrary. Please, we should not follow shadows, and be using physical mannerism to interpret what has been happening.

    The truth about the recent Governorship election in Ekiti State, is that Governor Ayo Fayose won it convincingly. When you have a candidate that is grass root user friendly, and that did his campaign in such a way that got to the nooks and corners of his state, then has can’t but have, an overwhelming victory!

    Therefore, it would be a waist of time contesting such hard work, that led to such a result. These things are more than rhetoric, and the use of fluent eloquence. That is why according to INEC, part of the requirement for any elected political office is Secondary School Certificate, i.e. WASC or GCE, O Level! Hence, for any candidate to have scaled through, and got to a political party, then he has something to offer!

    Thus, except there are any other proofs, that can be termed as beyond reasonable doubt, then that audio tape recording, may be deemed as a balloon type of evidence! On a personal note though, I don’t believe in rigging! And genuinely and truly I won’t subscribe to it, because it has far reaching implications and it is an act that God can’t be happy or please with. That means, please, don’t waist your time. If this has to do with that aspect of ‘Sahara Tent’, then it won’t deliver!

    • omokomol

      Maybe you need to listen to it again. What about the part where Fayose spoke about ballot papers and INEC computer with a collation center? If that is not rigging, what is it.

    • Progress

      You need an urgent examination, your cognitive capacity has been worringly compromised.

    • Arrest warrant

      I don’t think u listen carefully..or rather try use a headphone wit Yoruba accents translator…

  • Dazmillion

    Is it the Attorney General, career criminal Adoke that will investigate this tape?

    • Tunsj

      He will not investigate anything. Adoke and his boss, Jonathan, are career criminals.

    • olu_kay

      How Adoke is still Attorney General after the Malubu oil scam is a mystery. Why have we had two consecutive criminal Atorney Generals,first Aondoaka who is banned from entering the USA and now Mohammed Adoke. How did we get to this stage were criminals run our country

  • warry

    Take your tape to the elections petitions tribunal. This is a distraction from APC. .please enough of the propaganda.

    • Progress

      Propaganda? The Minister of Police confirmed it is authentic but slanted!

  • Omooba Adekunle Orafidiya

    It is a non-issue. The lawyers are paid agents of APC. Rather than demand a full investigation of Buhari’s fake certificate and allied matters, they are crying wolf where there is none. The jobless lawyers and compromised so-called civil society groups should go and sit down.

    • Progress

      Be sensible at least for once. Buhari case is before a court! Why shouldnt this be thoroughly investigated and brought before a court too. Adesiyan is one of you and he confirmed the tape. He is no more a PDPig?

      • Arrest warrant

        So is jonathan case in the courtroom about authentication of cert …I never hear u include that…

    • Funso

      Ọmọ àlè Sabo Lagere.

  • the truth

    I think there are more pertinent issues on ground now than this. The election is gone and past. Fayemi was beaten fair and square from all indications. These new stories are all being promoted to heat up the polity. Lets be wise and forge ahead with nation building.

    • Maitama Tambari

      You are not “the truth” because you are PDP. I do not know how old you were when similar act caused President Nixon of USA to resign and pardon by President Ford, to prevent him from going to prison. Investigation and prosecution took over a year. John Dean the Legal Adviser to the President, the Chief of Staff and another Official all went to prison because of a discussion to bribe the arrested Cubans at Watergate Hotel where the Democratic Offices were located and the Cubans were sent by the Republicans to explore Democrat Offices because of the impending election. President Nixon did speak but he had a tape recorder in the Oval Office that records every conversation. That is how civilized USA is, unlike you. CHAGE! YES WE CAN.

      I tweet @MickeyS

      • the truth

        listen to yourself. How am i PDP? Do you have your pvc to make a change? dont stay overseas to tell nigerians what to do. My point is there are more pressing issues on ground now. Fayemi with all indications was beaten fair and square, he even sent a congratulatory speech.never u compare usa and nigeria. What were the foundations kept by our past leaders? WHy not ask Buhari for his certificate or GEJ for his certificate

    • Dauda

      Which election is gone and past? Which one? So according to you, the audio tape is true, but the election is gone and past? Just asking you to clarify.

      • the truth

        i didnt write in hausa or yoruba. Fayemi was beaten fair and square. When friends plan to commit crime and they dont act on it, is that still a crime?

        • Dauda

          oh, so in Ijaw thinking, just the way the ijaw president Goodluck Jonathan has ruled- it is okay that the audio tape is true as you confirmed but that we should move on-right? That is the ijaw mode of thinking-right? Just asking since we have an Ijaw president! At least you confirmed that the audio tape is true. and really yu should know since yu know and speak on behalf of the ijaw president-Goodluck Jonathan

        • Muktsa

          Yes it’s a crime and it’s called Conspiracy

      • tyson

        ITS A BIG FAT LIE—-ASK BUHARI TO SHOW US HIS SABINKATES FIRST–WHICH APC FORGED FOR HIM-WHICH IS BUAHRIS REAL FIRST NAME–TOLD US

    • dd

      Dont mind them. Fayemi did not win election even in his family house?

  • Sword of Damocles

    This government is a fraud and WILL NOT INVESTIGATE ITSELF. Only ONE man Could have ordered what we heard on those tapes. It is apparent now to the world that a criminal conspiracy occurred and is still occurring in the proposed elections for next month. Any interested parties would be WISE to provide the UN & Western countries with a copy of the audio tapes & ANY evidence showing that a rigging 3 day meeting is ongoing in Kaduna. The only way there will be Elections in Nigeria next month is if the “Ekiti method” has been primed to be executed nationwide. Whereas GEJ was looking at between 30-35% if the elections were held on the 14th february, with his blackmail of INEC on Saturday, he is now looking at 20-30% on the new date if “ekiti plan” is not put into effect nationwide. It is important to to furnish Western govts., and the UN with this info now so that IF the Criminal that currently occupies Aso Rock successfully rigs the March 28th elections, and when APC forms a parallel Govt of the masses, They will have the support of the whole World, setting up “Gbagbo” for that traitor-criminal in Aso Rock who is a disgrace to his ancestors

    • tyson

      RUBBISH HE WORKED AGAINST THE INTEREST OF THE NIGERIAN ARMY———————-HE WAS CAUGHT ON TAPE–RELEASING INFORMATION TO TINUBU–IN LAGOS————HOLDING MEETING WITH APC OFFICIALS IN LAGOS–A CLEAR INDICATION THAT APC IS BEHIND BOKO HARAM WAR–

  • dd

    APC paid captain who has been looking for ways to leave the army for fear of Boko Haram. Cheap blackmail cannot put APC in power.

    • ddodododo

      i am sure you do not know how to read and understand – try this for your next week home work – Despite their denials, the Minister of Police Affairs, Jelili Adesiyan, who also attended the meeting, confirmed Sunday that the tape was authentic. – your home work is to find out the definition of authentic.

      • dd

        Nobody said it is not authentic, after listening to the tape and the youtube interview there is no way there is rigging. They only thing I keep hearing is how my boss said we should work with PDP. Make sure you secure the whole place. What I deduce is that PDP wanted one man one vote. They didn’t want a situation where Fayemi will rig the election. That was what I find out. There was no ballot snatching. All the vote were counted in each boot. The result correspond with what INEC released for each local government. There was no double voting. One man one vote. This was what PDP wanted but APC need free environment where they could rig but army were ask never to give that chance to APC. That Fayose and co were in the meeting doesn’t mean there was any rigging. Can you tell me the meaning of systematic rigging. Can you explain it line by line? It is cheap blackmail as there was no rigging.

        • Okikiola Beckley

          If the meeting was for good intention as you explained,why did Fayose and Koro vehemently denied that they ever took part in any meeting?

          • Oskirin

            God bless u 4 ds gud observation.i knw dey will always deny even @ gun point.

        • Onyx

          @dd.. which planet are u from? I think u need some help in hearing, understanding and digesting. if u can’t hear anything related to rigging in the whole convo What about the word (INEC, SOFT-COPY and the CONTACT ) does that tells u anything? and secondly u need to go back to that tape and listen carefully or better still Google the affidavit of Sagir koli who leaked the tap, read and properly digest all that transpired that day then u can come back and “re-comment”Thank you!

    • jj

      it is so sad that supposed educated ppl don’t know the difference between their imagination, dream and judgment. Given the available information, use logical and constructive reasoning to express your judgment or thinking, and not to talk as if you are under the influence…..pls.

  • tyson

    Sources close to INEC, have now thrown more light into why APC Kicked Against Election Postponement. – from Olusoji Zion Oseni, Lagos ati Deri comes the Report that, INEC has not given the go-ahead for contractors to print ballot papers, although they have been designed- and placed on stand-by

    But some unscrupulous INEC officails leaked the samples to APC through Amaechi and Tinubu who are sponsoring Buhari’s campaign.

    The supposedly smart APC backers of Buhari went ahead to print its own fake ballot papers and costing them millions of UK Pounds sterling. In readiness for their February 14 date, Already they are alleged to have started the process of thumbprinting the cloned Ballot papers.

    So good people Nigerian security intelligence got wind of this development and to ensure that this plan was destroyed quickly moved into action.
    Today new ballot papers are going to be designed, but the process must be kept secret to avoid any leakages by paid APC agents working in INEC.

    A sad news to APC leaders and their supporters, the New ballot papers will only be designed, approved and printed just few days to election.

    So it will be too late for APC to print its own janjaweed ballot papers

    So the fake ballot papers already printed by Apc are now useless.

    No wonderrrrr——-they cry blood, tears and sorrows for APC camps all over the–the i better not say it———-cheeeeeeeeers——————–

    THE ARMY CAPTAIN IS A TRAITOR——–A MAN WHO HAS BEEN SELLING INFORMATION TO TINUBU IN LAGOS DOES NOT DESERVE THE SYMPATHY OF NIGERIANS——-HE IS SUPPOSED TO BE DISMISSED AND SENT TO KIRIRIRI PRISON FOR THE REST OF HIS CHADIAN LIFE

    • Advocate

      another dummy

  • jossy

    how can the government investigate a crime they are part of. Nigeria is finished. They should send the clip to the usa and Britain via their embassies in Nigeria and i bet you they will come back with same result, proving it to be authentic. guilty as charged. FAYOSE WILL BE IMPEACHED AGAIN

  • 247don007

    Again the stupidity of our lawyers & activists are made public. How could these supposedly intelligent people be asking the govt to investigate this allegation instead of going to court if they deem fit? I don’t know why these people like to be in the news for making senseless comments.

  • BlackieUmukoro

    Invite the whistleblower or (traitor) to make himself available to throw more light o his subversive recordings. Until then all these lawyers and civil rights groups should coduct themselves in a civil manner and not the motor park touts antics they are displaying. This is a media war being wickedly pursued by some self seeking idividuals, and like their many past sposored lies, this too shall fail

  • Nigeria@heart

    YES. THAT USELESS ARMY MAN NEED TO BE SENT TO KIRIKIRI. WHAT NONSENSE. IS THIS THE FIRST TIME FAYOSE IS WINNING EKITI STATE ELECTION. WAS HE NOT A GOVERNOR THERE BEFORE. TINUBU HAS ALWAYS BEEN A CRIMINAL. WAS HE NOT THE ONE THAT KILLED FUNSHO WILLIAMS. WHAT HAPPENED TO HIM. HE GOT AWAY WITH IT. LET APC PRODUCE THE TAPE HOW BOLA AHMED TINUBU & CO KILLED FUNSHO WILLIAMS. APC KNOWS THEY ARE GOING TO LOOSE LAGOS STATE GOVERNORSHIP ELECTION UNDER JIMI AGBAJE. THATs WHY THEY HAVE STARTED CRYING. THAT ARMY MAN SHOULD BE SENT TO KIRIKIRI AND BE COURT MARSHALLED ATLEAST TO REVEAL HOW MUCH TINUBU AND APC BRIBED HIM.

  • Change4nigeria

    No one needs a miracle, magic or even juju to believe that the audio revelation from Capt Kogir was real. And for those who blatantly denied the authenticity are against the progress of this beloved country.My respect and honor goes to a HERO, A GALLANT SOLDIER who could stand out even when is life was Threaten with death. It’s a pity for those who don’t hear the sound of the whistle being Blown.