#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.

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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.

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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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