A Chief Magistrate Court in Ekiti State, on Wednesday, ordered the arrest of a former PDP secretary in Ekiti state, Tope Aluko, over alleged perjury.
Recall that barely three days ago, Aluko, while speaking during a TV interview, alleged that former President Goodluck Jonathan and Governor of Ekiti state, Ayodele Fayose had rigged the 2014 governorship election in the state.
According to him, Jonathan gave Fayose a sum of $37 million to rig the election.
Chief Magistrate Adesoji Adegboye ordered the State Commissioner of Police to arrest Aluko, following a motion filed by the Ekiti State Government against Aluko.
Aluko is now being sought for Perjury because at a state election tribunal last year, he testified that the election was free and fair.
A statement issued by the court read, “The said Dr Temitope Kolawole Aluko now recanted the evidence he gave in the cause of the hearing of the Ekiti State Governorship Election Petition as a star witness even up to the Supreme Court. The Certified True Copy of the State on Oath, evidence of Dr Temitope Kolawole Aluko in Court on the 12/11/14 and Nigerian Tribune and The Punch newspapers of Monday, 01/02/2016 that reported the interview granted are hereto attached.
“It is to be noted that this if this act (Perjury) is not looked into, it will definitely defile the cause of justice and consequently rubbish the judicial proceedings.
“In the affidavit filed in support of the motion ex-parte by Special Assistant to the State Governor on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, he said Mr Aluko, who was a witness before the Governorship Election Petition Tribunal sworn to a Statement on Oath on August 4, 2014 wherein he stated that the Election was not only free and fair, but devoid of violence, thuggery, hooliganism, snatching of ballot boxes, and related forms of electoral disorderliness.”