#Ekitigate: Court orders arrest of ex-Ekiti PDP Secretary, Tope Aluko

Temitope Aluko Photo: PointBlank News

An Ado Ekiti Chief Magistrate Court on Wednesday ordered the Ekiti State Commissioner of Police to arrest a former secretary of the Ekiti chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, Temitope Aluko, for alleged perjury.

The Chief Magistrate, Soji Adegboye, gave the order based on a Motion Ex-parte number MAD/10cm/2016, filed by the Ekiti State Government against Mr Aluko and the State Commissioner of Police.

According to the order, the motion was made in pursuant to Section 117 of the Criminal Code Law, Cap C16, law of Ekiti State 2012, Section 79 of the Ekiti State Administration of Criminal Justice Law 2014 and Section 23 (D) of the Magistrates’ Courts Law 2014.

The Ekiti State police commissioner was joined as second defendant and was required to execute the order against Mr. Aluko.

A lawyer, Sunday Olowolafe, had earlier petitioned the state attorney general, drawing attention to the alleged perjury by Mr. Aluko.

In his application, Mr. Olowolafe noted that Mr. Aluko was PDP witness from the Election Petitions Tribunal up to the Supreme Court in the petitions challenging the election of Governor Ayodele Fayose.

He said his recent recant of his testimonies in the courts as published in newspapers amounted to perjury.

Although the Commissioner of Police, Etop James, was expected to effect the arrest of Aluko, the police in Ekiti State said it had not received any such order to arrest the former PDP official.

Police Spokesman, Alberto Adeyemi, told PREMIUM TIMES that the story about a warrant of arrest remained a mere newspaper speculations.

According to him, the command was not aware of any order from a magistrate court.

Mr. Aluko recently told journalists in Abuja how he participated in the rigging of the 2014 governorship elections that brought Mr Fayose to power.

He alleged that former President Goodluck Jonathan gave Mr. Fayose N4.7billion in cash to prosecute the election.

The Ekiti State Government indicated that Mr. Aluko would be prosecuted, when it responded to the allegations made by him in the media.

The Special Assistant to the Governor on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, had accused Mr. Aluko of carrying out vengeance against Mr. Fayose at the risk of committing perjury.


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  • Fuzio

    Forked tongue. Pendulum that swings to the highest bidder. They should put him in jail and throw away the key. Nigeria has no use for politicians like him who are bereft of every modicum of principle.

  • Amir

    The implication is that if Aluko is convicted for perjury, it automatically invalidates his evidence in support of Fayose’s election. Therefore the Supreme Court should retry or order retrial of the case based on proven case of perjury against the principal witness. Any judgement procured on the strength of Aluko’s evidence need not stand.

  • clairvoyance

    Fowlyose is trying to silence Aluko from more exposure of his rigging plot with a bought verdict from a magistrate court, we have heard already and it’s not going to change the fact fowlyose your judgement is at hand.

    • aisha ani

      Please don’t kill me. Sounds like Fayose made some promises and did not fulfill them, Aluko has decided to bring him down. If it means they will both go down so be it!

  • tundemash

    Yes the man must be arrested but put in the protective custody of the Commissioner of Police or the IG else the lunatic in Ekiti govt house would have him murdered; Fayose is desperate to eliminate living witnesses !
    Tope Aluko is guilty of perjury and by implication, all he said at the election tribunal should be invalidated and both he and his his comrade in the criminal enterprise, Ole Fayose, should be tried for subverting the will of the people.

    • AllNaijaPoliticiansBeThieves!

      The same way you have prosecuted Ambode, Tinubu and co?

      • True Nigerian

        Enough of these silly excuses. Did anyone try to prosecute Fayose before now? So until Tinubu and Ambode are prosecuted, the justice system should look away when a clear evidence of criminality in Fayose’s case throws up its ugly head! Was Mr Aluko’s recent revelations made concerning Tinubu or Ambode? Some of you are just not useful for the progress of this country.

        We must all wait until one criminal is prosecuted before we catch any other criminal. I guess if an armed robber attacks you and we catch him, you would ask us not to prosecute him until we prosecute Tinubu. Can you see the gaping hole in your warped sense of fairness?

      • tundemash

        I agree it is wrong for Ambode, Tinubu and co to continue to haunt you in your dreams, lease ask Fayose to help you use the Magistrate Court to prosecute them .

    • eBusinesz

      Ekiti people thumb printed for Fayose! Simple

  • bikky

    A hen on the rope will not rest as the rope itself, Aluko has lost radial, Fayose is finding way of caging him and it will be difficult for Aluko to outsmart Fayose, so Nigerians should seat well on their sofa to watch how events is unfolding. Welcome to FayoseAluko part 2.

  • Akiika

    Fayose is a dumb criminal. If Aluko perjured, then his testimony at the election tribunal in favor of Fayose becomes null and void, hence his expose is valid. The implication is that Fayose and his cohorts actually rigged the election and should be kicked out.

    • eBusinesz

      Who did the thumb printing?

  • Dazmillion

    Someone predicted that Fayose will not finish his tenure and might end up in jail. These events might be the starting point of that prophesy. Maybe Dr Aluko has his own Ekitigate tape for such an occasion as this perjury charge.

  • hard soff

    Works like a charm… all the time: when challenges that require intelligence are confronted with passion, the results are never the best! What malarkey made the nitwits in Ekiti go after Aluko? The guy is learned enough to know that he perjured himself! These guys saw someone holding a cigarette at a gas station and the only thing that came to their muddled mind was to supply the flame for igniting the kaboom? They just cannot miss an opportunity to mess up! They should have simply ignored Aluko. It’s not like they can persuade anyone else that “ekitigate” was a figment of some deranged imagination.
    Now that they have purportedly taken him to court accusing him of perjuring himself, are they gonna call Fayose to prove the charge against Aluko? Assuming that they succeed, that effectively nullifies Fayose’s election.
    These nitwits from Ekiti (in order not to concede the fact that the emperor is actually naked) just opened the door for the AGF, or his assigns, to come after “ekitigate” because a successful litigation of the perjury charge against Aluko effectively invalidates the decision at all levels of the judiciary.
    It could even be juicier if Aluko could just become “awoko” and start singing about how they were able to get some judges to be on their side in those “good times”.
    I can almost see their so-called detractors salivating already.