Dr. Tope Aluko and Governor Ayo Fayose reportedly reconciled this week. The duo parted ways after Dr. Aluko detailed how Fayose, the People’s Democratic Party and some security personnel rigged the 2015 gubernatorial elections in Ekiti State.
Dr. Aluko described the reconciliation between him and Fayose as a joke of the Century. He also accused Fayose’s Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka of “hypocrisy, distortion of facts and spreading lies”.
According to Aluko, “I need not recall the drama and face-off that ensued between Fayose and I at the meeting. At a point, my wife barged into the meeting to inform me of the presence of reporters. I became enraged and decided to leave the place but I noticed the governor rushing after me downstairs in a Gestapo manner. My wife was fidgeting and almost crying and suddenly I could not find her around me. I realized that I need to obey Fayose’s instruction to face the press because of my family’s safety.”
“You will notice the several counter allegations by Fayose and his media team that none of them has refuted all I have said. Rather the attack has been on the messenger and not the message. I will like to apologize to Nigerians that perhaps, accepting the invitation was a tactical error. I will also like you to know that I am dealing with a master fraudster who is always full of mischief. You will all recollect how he announced the purported death of Afolabi Akanni; the purported arrest of four members of the House of Assembly.
“I need to emphasize that all that transpired at Eko Hotel on that day was an organized propaganda/drama to stain my image and malign my personal integrity and I believe it would be a good script for Nollywood. I did not beg Fayose, he approached me and it was courteous that I honored Ekiti leaders who wanted peace to reign in Ekiti, contrary to the lies being spread by Fayose’s mouthpiece Lere Olayinka.
Following Dr. Aluko’s rebuttal, the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice for Ekiti State, Owoseni Ajayi, filed an order of mandamus demanding Aluko’s arrest. Ajayi said, “The apology of Aluko to Governor Fayose was personal. We can’t because of this interventionist apology collapse all our cases. Government is not run that way. We can’t abandon our responsibilities as a state just because someone apologized to our governor on a case already in court. They are not fresh cases and we will pursue it to a logical conclusion,” he said.