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Audio file: Go to court, Fayose dares Fayemi

The Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has challenged ex-Governor Kayode Fayemi to go to court and prove how soldiers rigged the June 21 governorship election in his favour.

Speaking with journalists in Ado Ekiti on Sunday, Fayose declared that he was ready to defend himself before a court of competent jurisdiction.

In what seems like a reaction to the interview granted by Fayemi on an Akure, Ondo State-based ADABA 88.9 FM last Thursday, Fayose said Fayemi was only playing to the gallery.

Also, the Peoples Democratic Party in the South-West zone has also urged Fayemi to accept that he lost the election “because Ekiti people simply rejected him.”

In a statement in Ado Ekiti by the Publicity Secretary, Mr. Dare Omotosho, the party said, “The new angle to the All Progressives Congress propaganda is more like taking an illusion too far and testing the will of Ekiti people and Nigerians.”

Fayose also said, “The soldiers should come to give evidence and explain where and how they were instructed to rig the election, whether they were instructed to thumb-print the ballot papers, or they were instructed to snatch ballot boxes, how many of such ballot papers they thumb-printed and the number of boxes they snatched.

“Fayemi is only playing to the gallery. For those who heard my voice, it was me accusing General Aliyu Momoh of colluding with the APC to rig the election.

“The problem Fayemi is having is the defeat he suffered in the 16 local government areas of the state. He has yet to recover from the shock, and he is fretting over the prospect of going down in political history of Nigeria as the first sitting governor to suffer such a monumental defeat.

“The defeat suffered by Fayemi in that election, will in no distant future become a case study by political scholars in universities across the country.

Fayemi had in the interview said that some soldiers were ready to testify in support of the leaked audio file on how the chieftains of the PDP connived with the military to rig the June 21, 2014 Ekiti governorship election.

The audio file released by Sahara Reporters, an online medium, detailed how Fayose, then candidate of the PDP; a former Minister of State for Defence, Mr. Musiliu Obanikoro; Senator Iyiola Omisore; the Minister of Police Affairs, Mr. Jelili Adesiyan, and the military allegedly rigged the poll.

But Fayose said, “All that Fayemi is trying to do is to rubbish an election adjudged as the best by local and international observers. I see him simply as a rabble-rouser.

“I used to have respect for him before now but events after the election have exposed his true colour that he is not a democrat, but a pretender. If the APC doesn’t win, the election is rigged, but once the victory goes their way it is the most credible election in the world. And these are people claiming to have schooled under Barak Obama.

“In 2011, when my defeat was very glaring, just like what we have now, I did not go about disparaging the winner, instead. I went back to prepare for the next election, in any election, one person must win.

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