It was indeed like a live action movie when it initially went viral on the social media that Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State and the troubled former secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state, Dr Temitope Aluko had resolved their differences.
Little did one know that the purported truce between the duo would soon go under.
This is so because the day after the said truce, Dr Aluko addressed a press conference wherein he vehemently debunked ever having any reconciliation with the state governor.
Dr Aluko also maintained that the said parley remained a script which is intended at misinforming Nigerians.
The former Ekiti State PDP scribe argued, ”˜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.
”˜I was shocked to see Governor Fayose walk 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 during the meeting.
”˜It is, however, worthy of note that it was at this point that my wife barged into the meeting to inform me that he noticed the presence of pressmen downstairs and said ”˜there is a problem’ but it was Fayose that interrupted her saying; ”˜’Madam, there is no problem.
”˜At that point, I became enraged and decided to leave the place but I notice 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 needed to oblige to his (Governor Fayose) instruction of facing the press because of the safety of my family.
”˜I will like to apologise to all Nigerians that perhaps, accepting the invitation was a tactical error. However, I wouldn’t have accepted to attend the meeting in the first place if I had known that Ayo Fayose will be in attendance.
”˜I only chose to attend in order to honour the party leaders’ invitation. 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; the purported arrest of four Honourable Members of the Ekiti State House of Assembly that later resurfaced; the invasion of Ekiti House of Assembly that never took place; the unfounded $1 million bribe offer by DSS and recently his announcement last week that I brought in policemen from Abuja to Ekiti State to unleash mayhem.
”˜I need to emphasize that all that transpired on that faithful day was an organized propaganda/drama to stain my image and malign my personal integrity and I believe it would be a good script for Nollywood actors.’
But despite the alleged reconciliation, the state’s Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Owoseni Ajayi, maintained that the state government will not withdraw the case of perjury it filed against Aluko at an Ado-Ekiti Chief Magistrate Court.
It would be recalled that the Ekiti State government had initiated a perjury case against the former PDP scribe before the court not too long after he made a revelation that the election that brought Fayose into government was massively rigged, contrary to the statement he gave as the principal witness at the election petition tribunal.
The Commissioner said, ”˜We believed Aluko’s evidence was credible enough, as our principal witness during the governorship election petition, to sustain our case and gave us victory, right from the election petition tribunal to the supreme court.
”˜We can’t because of this interventionist apology collapse all our cases, the government is not run that way. We can’t abandon our responsibilities as a state just because someone apologised to our governor on a case that was already pending in court. They are not fresh cases and we will pursue them to a logical conclusion.’