Ekiti Election Rigging Tape: Omisore admits attending meeting

Osun PDP Governorship Candidate: Iyiola Omisore and former Minister Femi Fani-Kayode

The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the August 9, 2014, governorship election in Osun State, Iyiola Omisore, has confirmed attending a meeting captured in a leaked tape, which allegedly provides details of how leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and soldiers plotted to rig the Ekiti election in 2014.

Mr. Omisore however denied that they discussed how to rig the June 21 polls.

In an interview, reported by Sahara Reporters on Monday, Mr. Omisore said the PDP candidate in the Ekiti governorship election, Ayo Fayose, who is now the governor, merely went to the army camp to complain that his supporters were being harassed by the soldiers while police officers were being disarmed.

“There was no meeting actually. Fayose went to the army camp to go and complain about the Nigerian Army arresting his people alleging that Governor Fayemi bribed the soldiers to arrest his people. That is all,” he said.

“If you listened to that tape there was no issue. In the same vein they showed on TV yesterday on video that (Governor Rauf) Aregbesola rigged the election. It was physical. This one was physical and is not being uprooted by APC but that one was just a voice over, so you can see the difference.”

The controversial audio recorded by an army captain, Sagir Koli, revealed a meeting between his superior, Aliyu Momoh, a brigadier general, former Minister of State for Defence and currently a ministerial nominee, Musiliu Obanikoro; the Minister of Police Affairs, Jelili Adesiyan; Mr. Omisore and Mr. Fayose, strategizing on how to rig the June 21, 2014 governorship election.

Mr. Omisore admission came barely a week after President Goodluck Jonathan who was mentioned in the audio by Mr. Obanikoro, claimed the audio was fabricated and would not give it any attention.

“It’s all fabrications. Why should I investigate things that are not real?” the president told Wall Street Journal, in a recent interview.
Mr. Jonathan later explained that he did not rule out the possibility of a meeting, but the claim it was about rigging.

Both Messrs. Adesiyan and Fayose had earlier admitted the meeting held but that its agenda was not how to rig the election.

Mr. Obanikoro denied participating in the meeting. The former minister threatened to sue media organisations, including PREMIUM TIMES and Sahara Reporters, which have continued to report the issue.

Mr. Omisore, a former senator and deputy governor of Osun State, admitted urging the participants in the meeting to calm down when they went to complain to Mr. Momoh about the disarming the policemen on duty and harassing the PDP members.

“What I am saying is that if you listen to that tape, you will know the difference. The issue being canvassed on that tape was complaints by Fayose about soldiers arresting PDP or disarming policemen, simple!

“All I said was calm down, calm down! What happened was that we were told the army were disarming the Nigerian policemen. So in that case is that you are supposed to be working as partners and so how can you override your partners. That was what he was cautioning them for that day.”

“The issue on ground was the Nigerian army disarming the Nigeria policemen. So he (Fayose) was just advising the army general that he must cooperate with the government agency and they must work together – the Nigerian Army, the Civil Defence Corps and the Nigerian police etc.”

Mr. Omisore lambasted the All Progressives Congress for unnecessarily overheating the matter just as he alleged that Mr. Aregbesola rigged the Osun state polls in which he (Omisore) lost.

“So, there is a propaganda noise about APC. They just make noise unnecessarily. Look at the case of Aregbesola and how he rigged Osun election when he was seen thumb-printing. These are the isues you are supposed to be talking about,” the PDP governorship candidate who recently lost to Mr. Aregbesola at the election tribunal, said.


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  • BlackieUmukoro

    Since APC are the recorders of a purely private meeting, they should also make the transcript public, instead of this wayward propaganda that is neither here or there. Useless irritants

  • Dazmillion

    Omisore you are a liar, how could you be at a meeting that never happened? The Ekitigate tape is a hoax as confirmed by Jonathan.

    • Musgan

      GEJ that will see white and called it black in broad day light… all the parties involved have confirmed their presence at the said meeting… let GEJ contunu doing what he knows best…

  • Oskirin

    dnt wanna comment.pls mr jona ova 2 u.dem b ur boyz.

  • nikoroorire

    Let the Brig Gen speak, we need to hear his own version

  • Sir k

    Thank you my brother,all the plotters are now pointing accusing finger at Brig.Gen,he should come out now to save himself from more embarrassment.

  • Patriotique

    Jonathan should not dismiss this. we need #Investigation. Oh well, I forgot, he will be investigated too.

  • Make Nigeria Better

    PDP will win the election with the way our economy is in shambles. Electricity which our president claims Nigerians are happy about is not available. Austerity measure keeps on getting worse day by day, People in North east who were being killed before as a result of the weakness of our Army, all of a sudden because of election are being rescued. Our educational sector keeps degrading because people can use corrupt means to enrich themselves. For any country to develop, there Education is always the key factor for the development. Furthermore, all the people in the Ekiti rigging tape have confessed that: they had such meeting, but our President told Wall street journals that the tape was not real and doesn’t warrant being investigated. I will stop here. But I plead with Nigerians to be wise in voting. Cause any attempt to vote in the wrong candidate will aggravate the suffering of the masses. Please vote reasonably