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Rigging tape: Jonathan hiding something, APC alleges

The All Progressives Congress on Wednesday described President Goodluck Jonathan’s reason for the delay in probing the Ekiti rigging audio tape as untenable and an after-thought.

The APC said the President’s “waffling” on the issue showed that he might have something to hide.

In a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, in London, the opposition party said the President was wrong to have said the rigging audio tape had not been investigated because the army captain who leaked it had not come forward to authenticate it.

The statement party read, “Some people were found to be undermining democracy using a powerful national institution like the military, and all the President could say is that there will be no investigation until the officer who secretly recorded the tape has come forward to authenticate it. What a disingenuous argument.

“Is the President not aware that Capt. Sagir Koli, who recorded the tape, went into hiding because his life was in danger?

“Is the President not aware of the fate that befell Capt. Koli’s 15-year-old younger brother who was arrested and tortured at a military facility in Ibadan over the issue?

“Does the President not appreciate the patriotism which the officer exhibited by exposing those who criminally subverted democracy?’’

The party queried the basis on which the President declared the audio tape a fabrication when he had not listened to it, and when almost all those who were at the rigging meeting, including ex-Minister of State for Defence, Musiliu Obanikoro; Governor Ayodele Fayose; ex-minister, Jelili Adesiyan; and the Osun PDP governorship candidate, Iyiola Omisore, had owned up to attending the meeting.

“Obanikoro invoked the President’s name, saying he sent him to clinch victory for the PDP in the Ekiti governorship election.

“Unless the statement made by Obanikoro is true, the President has no business seeking to delay, even for one day, the investigation into the very serious allegations contained in the tape,” the APC said.

Mohammed said the presence of Capt. Koli was not a necessary pre-condition for an investigation into the rigging allegation.

“For the avoidance of doubt, no matter how long it takes, we will ensure that all those involved in the Ekiti show of shame are brought to justice,’’ the vowed.

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