“We went into the election with 1,040 recognised soldiers and another batch of 400 unrecognised soldiers brought from Enugu by Senator Andy Uba.” – Aluko
Former Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Secretary in Ekiti State, Dr. Tope Aluko has alleged that Senator Andy Uba brought 400 unrecognised soldiers from Enugu to Ekiti election on June 21, 2014 to ensure emergence of Governor Ayo Fayose in the gubernatorial election.
Uba was the Chairman, Senate Committee on INEC in the seventh Senate.
Aluko, who spoke with reporters in Abuja on Sunday, also revealed how the PDP rigged the governorship election.
In his words, “We went into the election with 1,040 recognised soldiers and another batch of 400 unrecognised soldiers brought from Enugu by Senator Andy Uba.
“In addition, we raised 44 special strike teams brought in Toyota Hilux buses from Abuja and Onitsha.
“We made special stickers for the vehicles that conveyed members of the strike team and we gave each of them a black hand-band for identification.
“Each strike team was made up of 10 members headed by a soldier and comprising soldiers, policemen, DSS operatives and Civil Defence corps.
“They were detailed to attack and arrest prominent APC chieftains in all the local governments.
“We set up anchorage, mainly in residential houses, in every local government where the strike team members collected their welfare and other allowances.
“To encourage the strike team members, we gave them orders to share money and other valuables they could lay their hands on in the houses of the APC chieftains they raided.
“Then we set up detention camps, mainly in primary schools where most of the APC chieftains were detained.
“Others were detained in police stations where the DPOs were friendly with us. We let them off after the election was over.
“A day to the election, we used the military to block all routes in the local governments and prevented the APC chieftains, including former Rivers State Governor, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, from coming into Ekiti.
“So, we ensured that no APC chieftain was in sight on Election Day.
“We provided polling agents for the APC in most of the polling units so we had no problem getting them to sign election results in the units.
“All these local and foreign observers that described the election as free and fair only witnessed the voting exercise on election day without knowing what transpired before the voting.”
Aluko, who was the Chief Returning Officer and signed the results of the election, said he was fully involved in the plot with Fayose from the very beginning.
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