Aluko Recants Truce With Fayose, Says ‘i Did It For My Family’
BEVERLY HILLS, April 05, (THEWILL) – Former secretary of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ekiti State, Dr. Temitope Aluko, has denied reconciling with the state governor, Mr. Ayo Fayose, saying he was forced to parley with him for the safety of his family.
Addressing newsmen in Lagos on Tuesday, Aluko, who fell out with Fayose and exposed alleged irregularities perpetrated by the PDP in the 2014 governorship election in Ekiti, said the parley was a script aimed at misinforming Nigerians and an organised propaganda to stain his image and malign his integrity.
He explained that he was invited by the PDP, Ekiti state to a meeting at Eko Hotel & Suites in Lagos, and he attended with his wife, only for Fayose to storm the place.
“One fact remains clear, there is nowhere that I, Temitope Aluko, refuted anything I have earlier said before Nigerians and the whole world about the manipulations that characterised the 2014 Governorship election in Ekiti State,” he said.
“I was shocked to see Governor Fayose walked into the meeting at this point. I won't want to bore you with the drama and face-off that ensue between me and governor Fayose inside the meeting.
“It is worthy of note that my wife barged into the meeting to inform me of the presence of pressmen.
“At that point, I became enraged and decided to leave the place, but I noticed Governor Fayose rushing after me downstairs in a gestapo manner.
“My wife was already fidgeting and almost crying and suddenly I could not find her around me. I immediately realised that I need to oblige Governor Fayose's instruction of the facing the press because of the safety of my family.
“Like I earlier said before Nigerians and the whole world, manipulation characterised the 2014 governorship election in Ekiti state, I still stand by all I said.
“You will also notice the several counter-allegations by Fayose and his media team that none of them has refuted all I have said, rather the attack has been on the messenger and not the message. I will like to apologise to all Nigerians that perhaps, accepting the invitation was a tactical error.
“I will also like you to know that I am dealing with a master fraudster who is always full of mischief. You will all recollect how he announced the purported death of Hon. Afolabi Akanni, and the purported arrest of four members of the Ekiti state house of assembly who later resurfaced.”
A video of the meeting had surfaced in which Fayose referred to Aluko as his son and boy, saying it was time to move on from the past.
“Aluko remains my boy, my son. I am his father; I am his brother. The past is behind us. Whatever he said in public in the past is gone. It's time to move on,” he said in the video to newsmen.