Leaked Ekiti Tape: I dare Obanikoro to go to court — Falana

Femi Falana

Popular lawyer, Femi Falana, has attributed the shift in the dates of the general elections to the leaked tape alleging the rigging of the Ekiti State gubernatorial election last year.

Speaking at the Black History Month and Dr. Beko Ransom Kuti Memorial Program in Lagos, Wednesday, Mr. Falana said some of those implicated in the plot, who were threatening legal action, should think otherwise.

An audio recording revealing how some Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP, chieftains connived with security agencies to rig the Ekiti State election was released by an army officer last week.

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.

Mr. Obanikoro had also threatened a court action against news organizations who had published the conversations in the audio tape.

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 Wednesday, Mr. Falana said that none of the participants in the recording had successfully challenged the army officer’s account of the incident.

“I understand that Mr. Obanikoro (whom he described as a ‘thug’) says he will go to court. I can assure you here, I dare him to go to court. He can’t. It’s not possible,” said Mr. Falana, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria.

“One of the reasons they postponed the election last week is that disturbing revelation by that Captain. That is what they wanted to do for the entire country. That revelation has sent them back to the drawing table. They now have to re-strategize.”

Mr. Falana criticised President Goodluck Jonathan for “embarrassing” the country with his repeated trips to the Holy Land, instead of channelling such funds to job creation.

Since he became the President in 2011, Mr. Jonathan has travelled for pilgrimage twice.

“I was reading the papers yesterday, the president said in violation of the peace accord, that governors in the north have not been sending Christians to Jerusalem. In other words, they have been sponsoring Muslims to Mecca,” said Mr. Falana.

“Please tell the president that there is no provision in our law for sponsoring anybody to Jerusalem or Mecca.

“Section 10 of the Constitution provides that the Nigerian State shall not proclaim any religion as an official religion. Therefore, appropriating billions of Naira every year, wasting money to send people to Jerusalem or Mecca is illegal.

“If you must know, less than seven per cent of Israelis are Christians, so they make jest of us. When you descend on them, that you are there to worship Jesus Christ, they’ll be like ‘are these people Ok?'”

Mr. Falana also insisted that the general election must hold and whoever emerges winner should be allowed to govern the country.

“And I’m challenging Edwin Clark and others, all those old men with expired ideas. Femi Okurounmu and others,” he said.

“We never saw them when we went to the streets of Lagos and Abuja to proclaim Goodluck as acting President. You were in the streets of Lagos, where were these characters? They were nowhere to be found.

“In fact, quote me. Baba Clark called me in one of our protests, ‘Femi, my son. Please keep it up. We from the Niger Delta cannot join this struggle now.’ I said why sir? He said ‘because he’s our son.’ I said what has your son got to do with the quest for justice?

“Professor Wole Soyinka, at the age of 71 (he was actually 76 then) led us in the protest. Please tell them this country belongs to all of us.”

On the issue of deployment of soldiers during election periods, Mr. Falana noted that nowhere in the Nigerian Constitution, Electoral Act, or the Armed Forces Act was a provision made for soldiers in election.

“So when they told Jega that they are going to be busy in the north east and they will not be able to secure the election. Please there is no provision for those Service Chiefs to police our election,” said Mr. Falana.

“Under Section 76, Section 116, Section 132, and 117, it is the exclusive responsibility of the INEC to fix dates for election. Only INEC. Not the president, not the NSA, not the security chiefs.

Knowing that, they then came in fraudulently by saying that they cannot guarantee your security.

“They have not been able to crush Boko Haram in six years, what magic are you going to perform in six weeks? Please we reject their fraudulent claim.”

Mr. Falana maintained that it is the duty of the police to maintain law and order in peace time.

“Soldiers have no business in town in peace time. Their duty is to defend the territorial integrity of our country, not to police election,” he said.

“That is the business of the Police. As a matter of fact, even Boys Scouts can police elections in Nigeria. You know why? On the day of election, there is restriction of movement. It is illegal for you to leave your ward for another ward. Only journalists, observers, and election workers can move round.

“So if everybody is restricted, why do you need soldiers to come and help you? To do what? But I will tell you why they need soldiers. You know why they need soldiers? To rig the election. To manipulate the process.”


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  • Spoken word

    Jonathan has been a curse to Nigeria and obanikoro is a well known thug.dem no born koro well to go to court.

    • Omo Naija

      Let Koro go to court, he will end up in ICC. Jonathan is a disgrace with his Egyptian mummy wife.

      • Spoken word

        He has gone to a lagos high court.i hope the judge will expedite this case.i know it is just a stunt and he will withdraw the case very soon.

      • Spoken word

        E be like say that woman don cook something for Jona.

    • Lawal Clement

      no no koro must go to court to clear his good name this is pure character denting !!!!!!!!

      • Spoken word

        Lol.stop being sarcastic.i hear he has gone to court.I hope the judge is very vigorous in this case,and he is called to testify and defend himself under oath.even though I know koro can surely lie under oath.

      • Spoken word

        He has gone to court already where his bad name will be further tarnished.

  • Maria

    Jonathan is a disgrace.

  • zacchaeus Akinleye

    Jonathan’s tenure has brought shame, sorrow and pain to the citizens of this hapless nation, but March 28 will be redemption day for the suffering masses.

  • Arogbo

    That is why I have so much disdain and disrespect for Jonathan and his gang of usurpers in Aso Rock. Can you imagine that it was the likes of Wole Soyinka, Tunde Bakare, Femi Falana that were marching on the streets of Lagos and Abuja for the enthronement of Jonathan as the acting President of Nigeria, but as soon as he became President, he relegated all those who helped him to get there to the background and now he wants us to vote for him again after mismanaging our economy and allowing the insurgency in the the north east to fester for this long, but I have a word for him, we are not ready to vote for four more years of this clueless administration. We want change now. Sai Buhari!!!

  • Chris1408

    May the likes of GEJ never be born again in Nigeria

  • BlackieUmukoro

    Falana is simply sick. Play your politics but don’t deride christianity for the sake of playing toi the gallery. Going to Isreal is a spiritual fulfullment. Some muslims even go Mecca every Friday and since Nigeria came into being they have always gone to Mecca at govt expense and a Falana never complained. But ow that the President requested that christians should be sponsored on prigrimage too by the northern govt, a Falana is fooling himself. God go punish you

    • Lawal Clement

      your comment is not civilized.

      • BlackieUmukoro

        You are a blind follower of Falana’s brand of selective amnesia
        Sent from my BlackBerry wireless device from MTN

        • Jaja

          Did Ayo Oristejafor so-called CAN president -common business man who puts all kinds of rings on his fingers not call your fornicating and immoral Oga President-who sleeps with minista and minista sista “Christian”? Who are you to preach to us? Go and preach to your President who sleeps with his minista and the sista of his minista-you hear? We go for the broke right away when we see any of you yeye people talk this rubbish.

          • BlackieUmukoro

            Thought you were redeemed but it is obvious that you are beyond redemption. Bye Sent from my BlackBerry wireless device from MTN

          • tundemash

            Typical ! Once the creek rat is challenged, he ducks back into the amnesty hole .

          • BlackieUmukoro

            Are you a leach or parasite or both
            Sent from my BlackBerry wireless device from MTN

          • Jaja

            So your Ijaw President who sleeps with the oyele minista, and the cousin of the oyele minista AT THE SAME TIME is a “Christian” anointed by his trader friend-Ayo Oritsejafor president of CAN-right? Sleeping with minista and minista’s cousin as your Oga Ijaw President does so shamelessly is the way to be “christian”-right? Next time do not open your mouth and just talk anything un-intelligently. We will send you back to the person that sent you in Aso Rock-period.

          • BlackieUmukoro

            It is a known fact that you are mad
            Sent from my BlackBerry wireless device from MTN

          • Able Kay

            You are an ex-militant, I pity those who respond to you with passion, it worths nothing

          • BlackieUmukoro

            So stop responding to my posts
            Sent from my BlackBerry wireless device from MTN

        • You are a blind follower of eiher GEJ or religious fanaticism judging from your twisted comments on this forum

          • BlackieUmukoro

            In response to your crocked writings
            Sent from my BlackBerry wireless device from MTN

          • Noble-E

            @ Blackie Umukoro . It was obvious you had nothing tangible to contribute. Best to stay clear instead of exposing your idiocy on the forum. The downtrodden masses of this longsuffering land know their friends in need and indeed. Femi Falana is one of the very few and his popularity should not gore you if indeed you are among the progressives as I am. Just a good lesson for next time as the lessons of today will be useful for tomorrow

          • BlackieUmukoro

            Progressive my foot
            Sent from my BlackBerry wireless device from MTN

          • Noble-E

            Obviously not in that league . Are you ? and that is ok by the way ! So live and let live .

    • SAM .A

      U have not only lost you mind

      • BlackieUmukoro

        You never had one, not to even talk of losing it. Madman
        Sent from my BlackBerry wireless device from MTN

        • ConScience

          I pray the Holy Spirit inhabits you because you seem to lose the validity of this argument. Not everything is right because you are being sectional. Remember if you truly believe in God then we are all God’s children not Niger Delta or Ijaw children. Please welcome the Holy Spirit into your life and speak the gospel truth no matter whom you may offend. I pray for you and yours. Wrong is Wrong. Right is Right.

          • BlackieUmukoro

            Say the truth and you shall be free
            Sent from my BlackBerry wireless device from MTN

          • ConScience

            I have seen several of your posts and responding to you is against any sane rationale but I always believe in giving the benefit of the doubt. So does two wrongs make it right in your world? Because muslim leaders did it means a Christian should also succumb to such mantra. Why not take the high road and say in one’s presidency I denounce such use of public funds. I can get NGOs and CSOs to sponsor such trip and if not then we do not do it. Shikena!!! Wouldn’t that send a message of unique leadership and vision. Instead because others did it so I must as well. Be careful that you do not join the crowd to avoid having the courage to stand and be counted. No one remembers the average student. They only remember abject failures or uncommon valor. Pick your fence side?

          • BlackieUmukoro

            Try to be objective. Subjective opinion or a mindset that is already made up despite the available evidence is detrimental to good health Sent from my BlackBerry wireless device from MTN

          • ConScience

            So my post wasn’t objective?

          • BlackieUmukoro

            That is what I think. I could be wrong anyway. So nothing spoil
            Sent from my BlackBerry wireless device from MTN

    • Jaja

      Shut Up! eedyiot, stooooopid and fuuuulish boy! What do you know about christianity? Dont you Ijaw president -Goodluck Jonathan who sleeps with minister and her sista christian? Shut your trap and do not lecture anybody here! Your Ijaw president -Jonathan-who sleeps with OIL minista and the sista of OIL minista at the same time is alo annointed by so-called CAN president-Ayo Oritsejafor as “christian”-right? God punish you and the immorality and fornication of your Oga -OIL man eternally

    • tundemash

      f00l, spiritual fulfullment should be personal and not involve govt. patronage. How difficult is that to get into your ogogoro-filled head, creek monkey ?
      How does religious pilgrimage to mecca and Israel benefit the generality of Nigerians Mr. Creek rat ?

      • BlackieUmukoro

        Because Ebele went on pilgrimage, your joy stick is kicking ceaselessly. Hold yourself Sent from my BlackBerry wireless device from MTN

    • Falana said suxh trips are not meant to be subsidised by government and he is quite right . Makr the trip when you can fully afford it .

      • BlackieUmukoro

        It has been on for a very long time. Only now he is feels comfortable to condemn it because Ebele went on spiritual cleansing twice ? That is cowardice Sent from my BlackBerry wireless device from MTN

        • Timpriye

          Spiritual cleansing my slippers. Let him return all the trillions he has stolen before embarking on any fake spiritual cleansing.

    • ConScience

      Did you read what he wrote. He derided both Muslims and Christians for using public funds to take such personal spiritual and religious journeys. Even the white man that gave you religion does not use public funds to finance such pilgrimages. As a Christian I totally concur. It should be your personal duty to save to take such journey for both faiths. How would you like babalawos or traditional healers to request the government to fund trips to worship their deities? Let us all be smart about this. Religion is not permissible in the constitution of this beloved country. Let us use our limited resources wisely. Amen

      • BlackieUmukoro

        That Ebele has gone to Isreal twice, was meant to achieve what. Muslim leaders have been going to Mecca for ages, and when Buhari was thrown out of office, Idiagbon and his underage son were in Mecca. Falana should not preach nonsense Sent from my BlackBerry wireless device from MTN

    • Able Kay

      You are soooooo ignorant. Someone quoted from the book of guidance for the nation, but you abused him (lack of home training). without reference. Is your mind the law? what does the bible say about such things? Can any ignorant ruler / leadeAr rule based on what he feels of what he is told? Can’t he read the constitution to be sure of what to say and act? what is the matter with many Nigerians that make them so daft and bereft of sound judgment?

      • BlackieUmukoro

        You have obviously lost your mind. Can you ever find the poisoned mind? Sent from my BlackBerry wireless device from MTN

  • SAM .A

    Mr Femi Falana, the erudite lawyer, please tell Nigerians how will can apply or enforce constitution to keep soldiers from poke nosing in pure civil process ; election. It is only in crisis u need soldiers not in peace time.
    Nigerria soldiers are becoming ‘Militici ans ‘ the main reason why 100-200,000, failed to wipe out 6, 000 BokoHaram.

  • Omooba Adekunle Orafidiya

    Falana is a nuisance. He should come and tell the whole world what discerning Nigerians have known for a long time: He is a card-carrying member of APC. SAN now comes at a dime a dozen. Whoever conferred that title (diminished as it is) on Falana who has such poor command of English?

    • tundemash

      Omo Ole Orafidiya,

      The only nuisance are your family members whose only source of livelihood is stomach infrastructure. Since when has being a card carrying member of a political party debar one from making comment on a case of possible election rigging. Koro thug threatened to go to court of the rigging tape and Falana has further challenged him to do so and you have a problem with that ? Omo Ole ifo !

    • The Nigerian quagmire

      You are a known and confirmed imbecile. A complete omo ale.
      Not surprised by your antics.

      • Yours on the other hand comes as a surprise to many. Unless of course Buhari’s forged results were better than yours. Then there will be no reason beyond doubt to question this folly you have chosen to dive into head first

    • He was making a lot of sense by the way. What mekes you think you are better off than him in spoken English. Femi Falana is no stranger to the common man in his fight for social justice. I believe he is also free to affiliate himself with a party that projects the values he holds in high esteem As a bona fide citizen of Nigeria , He has expressed his political leaning. Omooba what ? Please introduce yourself to the world and be bold enough to present the party of your choice as Nigeria decides whixh way forward.

    • Ha

      The worst PhD ever conferred on an individual was that of Jonathan. PhD is supposed to be the highest academic and intellectual attainment. On Jonathan it changed its name into the highest level of dumbness.

      • Ihemebrim

        Fake PhD, mind you. The man cannot produce his thesis or are PhDs awarded without thesis? No wonder the man cannot manage one sentence without multiple mistakes.

      • FortB

        I am sure you have not smelled even the corridors of a university campus and you are here running your mouth. Did you go to INEC and you did not see copy of his PHD certificate there? Or have you visited UNIPORT and they told you he did not have the items you mentioned? Run your mouth after all there is freedom of speech unlike your master that will jail people for speaking at all

        • Ha

          I’m not saying he doesn’t have PhD. All I said was that his PhD is the WORST EVER. I would rather not smell the corridors of University than to have Jonathan’s PhD, Period.

  • GoddeyNaija

    Sincerely, Mr. Falana Sir that has been the mistake of yorubas and Nigerians at large helping and voting GEJ into power without proper consultation on his achievements and experience. Record has it that he his one of Bayelsas best governors with a constructed bridge to is credit! This is a state whose allocation far surpass Lagos but cannot beat any local government in Lagos in terms of development. A state where resources are apparently being wasted. Projects are either half completed or those completed are awaiting commissioning from Mr GEJ and Madam First Lady for years till it rots and its being vandalized by its people. (Chai! we don suffer what a choice). GEJs inexperience has been exposed and it is no good for Nigeria. If someone will rep or lead this country then such must have proved beyond all doubt he is capable and prepared for it. Effective background check should always be carried out by politicians and critics on candidates. GEJs comes from an area where stomach infrastructure is of so much preference than development. Even at the face of corruption they will support there own and keep saying allow him its his time (Make im dey transfrom im POCKET dey go even while they are impoverised). Forgetting that all this are draw backs to the economy. It is so disappointing that our political Christian reps have proved far worse in corruption and insensitivity to developmental issues of this Country. We have prayed and keep praying but we need a true WORKER not some clueless story teller.

    • ConScience

      God bless you IJN. You are one of only few that has hit the nail on the head.

  • IAMAFRICAN

    Fake lawyer and activist talking. God bless Ozekhome the last Nigerian SAN activist. RIP Fawehinmi.

    • Yemi

      Let Ozakhome come out and sincerely say he has not been bribed. We know him in the activists circle as a cash and carry comrade . Ask him to tell you how much he paid to the kidnappers and who paid the money!!!!!!!

      • Ade

        Ozakhome is a member of PDP, he doesn’t make senseless noise like Falana which is also a member of APC. Falana and Soyika are hardcore support of APC, they have never said anything against Tinubu in spite the fact that is one of the most corrupt person in south west with a complicated and controversial pedigree. GEJ is a saint compare to Tinubu.

        Shame on them.

        RIP Chief Gani

        • tulampa

          This thing about Tinubu being corrupt, is unbearably getting out of hand. I challenge u to produce one, just one shred of evidence to support this claim. If u can’t then seek forgiveness , before d wrath of God descend on you. Do u think Jonathan ‘s administration are fools, if they have anything they would have used it on him since.

          • Ade

            Stop deceiving yourself, you have lot of common sense than this. Obj says in his book that GEJ bride Tinubu in 2011 to hand over the votes of south west to him. Praying hard for Buhari to win to jail hypocrites. Ribadu still have the file of all the corrupt govs, he will hand over all the file to Buhari, for speedy trial to clean Nigeria of the mess.

    • Paul

      Ozekhome. The freeloading PDP activist a lawyer? ThNk God PDP is dying

      • robo

        Leave Mike Ozekhome out of this. He is still very busy defending Farouk(dollars in cap) Lawan to be involved in this!

  • Parrot

    Very concise and elaborate. God Bless, Thank you Mr Femi Falana, truth is quite bitter.

  • Ola Onanugaola

    Obanikoro going to court is grand-standing, a mere drama like he did after he “lost” the Lagos state PDP primary to JK.

    Mind you, he has being nominated again as a minister in the clueless outgoing govt., the case in court will be a great excuse not to question him on the leaked Ekitigate tape by the senate. He is being clever by half and born-fraudster.

    Naija dey make me laugh ooooooo

  • FortB

    He has taken your challenge and gone to court. What next?

  • trippi

    He is there already..

  • richkid

    Your story have no connection at all,. You said they don’t need soldiers for security, yet how many soldiers is on your convoy to ordinary events?.