THE Centre for Human Rights and Social Justice, CHRSJ, a human rights group based in Nigeria has described the revelation of Temitope Aluko, former secretary of the Ekiti State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, that June 21, 2014 governorship election in the state, was rigged in favour of the incumbent Governor Peter Ayodele Fayose, as an afterthought, which it could not stand the test of time. The CHRS, while described the action of Aluko “as illegal, undemocratic, unconstitutional, unlawful, anathema, anti-masses, anti-judiciary, an aberration and uncalled for.”
It said that it was only the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, that was charged with the responsibility of conducting the election and returning the winner of the election, should be held responsible for any election malpractices.
The group, therefore, called on the well meaning Nigerians at home and abroad to disregard the revelation of Aluko, saying it was an emotional allegation of highest order.
It also called for the immediate arrest and prosecution of Aluko for committing crime against God and humanity over his present revelation on Ekiti election saga.
According to a statement signed by Alimi Sulaiman Adeniyi, executive chairman of the CHRSJ, which was made available to newsmen in Lagos on Sunday, January 31, Aluko was one of the witnesses that testified in favour of Fayose at the 2014 Ekiti State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal, where he allegedly claimed that the June 21, 2014 governorship election was free, fair and credible with an affidavit on oath.
Adeniyi charged that if the election was truly rigged in favour of Fayose, then Aluko should be arrested and charged to court for his complicity in the election saga.
— Feb 1, 2016 @ 17:20 GMT