A Chief Magistrate Court in Ado-Ekiti, has ordered for the arrest of Dr. Temitope Aluko, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Ekiti State, who recently narrated how the 2014 governorship election in the state was rigged in favour of Governor Ayodele Fayose.
Chief Magistrate Adesoji Adegboye, who gave the order while ruling in an ex-parte motion on Wednesday, ordered the Ekiti State Police Commissioner to immediately arrest Aluko, a former Secretary of the PDP in the state.
The order was a fall out of an application made by a lawyer, Mr Sunday Olowolafe, to the office of the State Attorney General, calling for the prosecution of Mr Aluko for alleged perjury.
According to the legal practitioner, Aluko should be arrested and sued for perjury in view of the interview he granted on Channels Television.
“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 if this act (Perjury) is not looked into, it will definitely defile the cause of justice and consequently rubbish the judicial proceedings”, the lawyer wrote in the application.
Supporting the motion ex-parte, the Special Assistant to the Governor on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, in an affidavit, said Mr Aluko, who was a witness before the Governorship Election Petition Tribunal swore 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.
In his ruling, Chief Magistrate Adegboye said since the court is empowered to grant the order and it will serve the interest of justice, the State Commissioner of Police should arrest Aluko for the purpose of investigating and prosecuting him.
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