Ekigate: Tope Aluko Alleges Plot To Burn His Properties
The former Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ekiti State, Dr. Temitope Aluko, has declared that he is not aware of any warrant of arrest issued against him by an Ado Ekiti Chief Magistrate’s Court or any court for alleged perjury.
Dr. Aluko said the “rushing to the court by Governor Ayo Fayose and his cronies was part of a grand plan to hold him down and poison him after two attempts have been made on his life in the last 96 hours”.
He also revealed that he had uncovered an alleged plot to set his houses in Ekiti ablaze. He also defended his integrity while in the employ of the Ekiti State University (EKSU) denying the government’s allegation that he was involved in certificate racketeering.
Speaking with our correspondent in a telephone chat Wednesday night, Dr. Aluko said he made the revelation on the Ekiti governorship poll as a patriotic Nigeria who wants democratic structures strengthened.
The whistleblower drew the attention of Nigerians to the fact that “Fayose and his henchmen are just attacking the messenger and not addressing the message”.
Aluko said: “I was not in court and I am not aware of any court order. In fact, they have made attempts on my life twice in the last 96 hours and if they are now talking about warrant of arrest, maybe it is to try their ability to bring me down so as to be able to poison me.
“Nigerians should know that these people are just attacking the messenger they are not addressing the message.
“The document (witness statement on oath) taken there (tribunal) was signed by the Secretary of the party (PDP) and that was in guiding the interest of the party. It was talking about Saturday, June 21, 2014 election while I am telling the story before June 21, 2014 election and there is no conflict about my position.
“One was talking about June 21, 2014 election, that day, Saturday while Dr. Temitope Aluko is now telling Nigerians about what happened pre-Saturday, June 21, 2014. I am now telling Nigerians what transpired before the election.
“So, I stand by what I said. I don’t know why they are making attempts on my life. By their rushing to the Magistrate’s Court, it is still part of their funny doings.
“I have nothing to be afraid of as a patriotic Nigerian, I owe it a duty to tell Nigerians what transpired so that we can deepen our democratic structures. I am not aware of any warrant of arrest.
“It is only the guilty that are afraid, resorting to self-help. All these moves are pointing to a sinister objective because Dr. Tope Aluko is talking about the pre-June 21, 2014 election day and it is separate from the PDP State Secretary’s position of June 21, 2014 election day.
“The information available to me indicates that they are planning to set my houses in Ekiti ablaze and if anything like that happens, people should know whom to hold responsible.”
Reacting to Fayose’s media aide, Lere Olayinka’s allegation that he (Aluko) was collecting money from gubernatorial aspirants using his position as the PDP secretary, Aluko said the allegation was in bad taste.