Femi Fani-Kayode, Director of Media and Publicity for the PDP Presidential Campaign Organization, thinks that when it comes to the issue of rigging in elections, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its main opponent, the All Progressives Congress (APC) are one and the same thing.
Fani-Kayode while addressing the issue of a leaked audio tape that purportedly implicated some members of the PDP planning to rig the Ekiti State governorship election, stated that rather, it was the APC that rigged the governorship election in Osun State.
He said, “During the course of those elections, some of their agents gathered in secret locations where they thumb-printed ballot papers in favor of their governorship candidate, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola”.
Fani Kayode also played a video tape he claimed proved the APC rigged the election in Osun State.
“It is ironic that instead of purging itself of its own insatiable appetite for rigging and cheating, the APC, through its presidential candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari, chose to call a press conference in which he alleged that our leaders were ordering soldiers to rig in Ekiti State.
“This is a clear case of the pot calling the kettle black,” he said.
And contrary to President Goodluck Jonathan’s dismissal of the Ekiti audio recording as a fabrication, the spokesperson for his campaign, stated that the tape is genuine but that the characters involved in the meeting captured in the recording were not discussing how to rig the 2014 governorship election in that state.
He said his team had listened to and reviewed the recording and that it came to the conclusion that the opposition APC turned fact on its head by claiming that Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State; former Minister of State for Defence, Musiliu Obanikoro; and the Minister of Police Affairs, Jelili Adesiyan, who featured in the recording, planned how to rig the election.
“We have listened to the audio clip and we make bold to say that the discussion that took place in it did not make any mention of any form of rigging in the Ekiti state governorship election and neither did it contain any evidence of any conspiracy to rig,” he said.
Mr. Fani-Kayode also said rather than attempting to orchestrate rigging, what the audio clip clearly revealed was Governor Fayose expressing concerns that a military commander was not acting on information about illegal movement of weapons into certain parts of the state.
“The governor and others were apparently worried that safety of the voters and INEC officials could be compromised if security measures were not strictly enforced,” he said.
In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, last Friday, President Jonathan had said he would not investigate the authenticity of the audio recording because it was a “fabrication.”
“It’s all fabrications. Why should I investigate things that are not real?” he asked.
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