Ekiti Election Rigging update: Soldier who recorded conversation between Gov Fayose, Obanikoro & Omisore on ‘election rigging’ discussion speaks out

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According to PremiumTimes & Sahara Reporters, the soldier, Captain Sagir Koli, who reportedly released an audio clip about plans to rig the June 2014 governorship elections in Ekiti State has spoken out.

Captain Koli was said to have recorded a conversation which allegedly occurred between the Governor of the state, Ayo Fayose, Former Minister of State for Defence,Musiliu Obanikoro and Senator Iyiola Omisore among others. Koli was present at the alleged meeting where plans were made to use the Army to rig the elections.

Read his full statement below:

How the Nigerian Army personal were used to Rig Ekiti and Osun States Gubernatorial Elections 2014.

I was officially deployed as the 32, Artillery Brigade Intelligence Officer to provide credible Intelligence to the success of Ekiti State governorship election. At about 2030 hours on June 2014, a day to the election proper, the commander, Brigadier General AA Momoh told me to escort him to a place where the State Minister for Defence wanted to see him.

Reaching the place (Spotless Hotel in Ado- Ekiti), which serves as coordinating campaign office for the PDP candidate Mr. Ayodele Fayose, we met the Minister himself, Minister of Police Affairs, Mr Fayose, Mr. Iyiola Omisore, one Honoruable Abdulkareem and host of other top PDP chieftains.

Meanwhile Mrs. Oby Ezekwesili, former Federal Minister of Education, reacted to this

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The Outcome of what was discussed that gave the party victory during the election are as follows:

    1. They told brigade commander that they are on presidential assignment and they cannot afford to fail. Also, they told him that they were there to remove any obstacles that would block their victory and the commander is the key; therefore, he has no option but to collaborate with them. They said, if the commander play(ed) with them, his promotion is in their hands and the president and the chief of army Staff would be very angry with him and he knows what that means.
    2. They directed that soldiers on election duty must work hand in hand with the PDP agents and give them all the necessary support they needed without limitation.
    3. They ordered the arrest of selected APC stalwarts that could greatly assist the party during the election including the DG campaign organisation for Dr Fayemi Mr. Bimbo Daramola. APC members in Ekiti State should be interviewed of what they went through. We were forced to do a dirty job for them with a threat of court martial.
    4. They directed that soldiers must block APC members’ access to the electorates but all PDP supporters’ movement anywhere using a designated sticker with inscription, “National Security Task” it should be noted that some of these PDP agents were given NYSC uniforms because we were well briefed by the commander.
    5. Chief Chris Uba who also said he was from the presidency entered Ado- Ekiti a day to the election accompanied by 16 commissioned Army officers (Major and blow) led by Major Ujung of 82 Base Ammunitions Depot from Nigeria Army 82 Division Enugu. Their major task was to effect arrest and move secret materials and money. This money was brought from CBN Umuahia.
    6. Chief Chris Uba was physically present with the soldiers and the commander at Forward Operational Base (FOB) close to government house in Ado- Ekiti. He personally supervised the movement of the strike force. This act of a civilian directing military operation is highly unprofessional and tarnishing of the military discipline and regimentation.
    7. Chief Chris Uba entered Ado-Ekiti a day to the election accompanied by military/police escort with 2 black tinted Hilux Vans with “secret” materials according to him. Items inside the vans were 1000/500 Naria notes closed and cloned marked ballot papers.
    8. Chris Uba, Minster of police Affairs, Obanikoro and Co said this is just a test run that should not fail and its to be done in SS and SW states, moreover, Rivers State to make sure Rotimi Ameachi bow to the federal government.
    9. Based on the aforementioned, they succeeded in rigging the Ekiti State election with victory in all the 16 LGAs. These really inspired them and they were with the euphoria that same would happen in Osun State. In preparation of the plans, they confirmed the posting of the commander and task him to prepare for Osun State election (remember that Osun State is not part of 32 Artillery Brigade Area of operations) but they ordered the Nigerian Army Construction Engineers Commander Brigadier General Adeyemi to proceed for 3 weeks compulsory leave until after the election just to pave way for General Momah to repeat the same dirty work that he has done to them in Ekiti State.
    10. In build-up towards the Osun State elections, the commander directed me as his intelligence officer who has worked with him perfectly in Ekiti State to go ahead and recce the area as well as familiarize myself with all stake holders for the election.
    11. While I and my team were working for the operations, the commander was in Abuja re-strategizing how to use the military to rig the elections. Feelers based on my discussion with him on phone confirmed to me beyond reasonable doubt that we were repeating the same compromise in Osun State. My heart got burnt and become disenchanted and in total disagreement with such being professional junior officer aspiring to become a General tomorrow.
    12. However efforts to explain my grievances prove abortive due to the military dictatorial hierarchy in channel of communication vis a vis threat of court martial from the commander. I resorted to alert the APC high level officials with the aim of stopping Army from partisan involvement during election. A week to the election, the commander came back from Abuja and he made revelations being their final arrangement on how the PDP was to become victorious in Osun state as follows:
    13. After welcome address by the commander, he thanked all his staff officers, and said “you all know who we are working for, so you guys MUST follow my direction. I am working for the presidency and the ruling party as you all know, is no longer a hidden thing” for those of you who are moles among us, the presidency is watching you, be careful because the consequence will be severe. I learnt that some of you went to Lagos and met with Tinubu without knowing that his line is already bugged at Abuja, then we are in trouble, but before somebody will kill me I have to kill him first” (referring to me). The commander asked how many of us were involved, that I should say the truth, he now held a secret talk with the operation officer and military police officer to tie and handcuff me to Army HQs, from there I know that my life was in danger.
    14. The commander categorically told us that the soldiers were to work under PDP agents while their platoon commanders only supervise the soldiers conduct. He briefed the officers that were working the list of agents and those to be arrested at the SGF office in Abuja and once the list is out everybody must work with accordingly.
    15. The commander briefed us on the formation of a strike-force in conjunction with police, DSS and NSCDC and he would command the strike force directly. Their duty was to work directly with the PDP aspirant for arrest and intimidation of APC supporters in their strong hold.
    16. Money was shared openly at the NYSC Permanent Orientation Camp Ede to the strike force to ensure compliance.
    17. Having said all of the above, I must state before concluding that:
    18. A, My brother Adamu Koli a 15yrs old school boy was under detention since on the 2nd August 2014. The boy stays with me at 32 Artillery Brigade Akure.
    19. Brigadier General AM Dikko who they consulted initially for the scam insisted that the army must remain professional and apolitical, was disgracefully removed from his command which he served only for 7 months just to allow General Momoh to carry out the dirty work.
    20. Last but not the least, to further substantiate my submission and how my dear-loving, hard-achieving noble calling was de-professionalized; here is the recorded voices of the Ministers, the aspirant and the Brigade Commander. Other officers present at the hotel were Major Aliyu and captain Adegoke who were also part of the officers that escorted commander to the venue where the compromise was made. Also conversation between the commander and Abuja could be traced via MTN, GLO, on the under listed phone numbers (between 20-21 June 2014).
    21. 08037033694
    22. 08055832835

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  1. Lastly, in order to strengthen the unity and continue existence of Nigeria, I call on the federal Government to desist from using the military for partisan politics. This is to avoid the military from being divided along ethnic and regional lines which is dangerous to the defence of the nation. I remain a patriotic Nigerian and a loyal professional Army officer,

God bless you all

Thank you for listening. Captain Sagir Koli.

Yet, Obanikoro and Fayose have denied the allegations. (see the Full-Speech Transcript here)

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  1. u dis ade abi what u call yourself u better go find something do,no dey bobo yourself,maybe u go court nd present the conversation,crazy man,ode,will voted for our man….the colosus,man of d people,a jepe aye baba gov ayodele fayose osokomole till 2019

  2. lies from the pit of hell….. please if you dont have better things to do with you irrelevant self, go and sleep! GOODLUCK WE KNOW

    • My brother we are know it was rig…. We must think well and should not be carried away because we party supporters…. If we continue like this….. This country is going no where… We must try to be objective in our dealing…when we have power is time of vote …. To me my sch of thought is to vote out who I know is not preforming and give a try to the next person to see if he or she can performed.. If A can not performed I move to B or C. Let us think this way I believed we can make the bad leader to the work of good leader true that mean…

  3. APC and propaganda ..always on d news frm d wrong channel….all des are just to acquire power..wat is in dis APC ,simply nothing ,but PDP dropouts .my yoruba friends ,d reason for all dis ,is to seize power and stop d implemention of Conference report wt regards to creation of states .d core North wld rather die than allow it ,so dat they will continue to hav edge over other geopolitical zones..lets shine our eyes.

  4. APC…anoda name for PDP ..d issue is not abt Jonathan but on d future of Nigeria and d right of d minority tribes..all des lies and propaganda by both parties are just to hoodwink Nigerians ..they are d same ; old wine in a new keg..I tink d confab report shld be our concern.all des gang up are just to scuttle d implemention..why is d core North against d confab report ? y are praticing Federal Character, wen we inequality in number of states and local govts per zones ?

  5. Believe this then you’ll believe anything. This is another propaganda by the opposition. In the interest of Nigeria the should be boundaries that should not be crossed.

  6. All these political TRICKERY…..WILL NOT CHANGE WHOM GOD HAS PREDESTINED TO BE PRESIDENT COME MAY 2015. You people will keep on wasting your time and dissipating your energies for politicians who are voted to power and never remember the voters. Let’s leave these presidential candidates first, what of our LOCAL GOVT COUNCILS THAT ARE VERY NEAR TO US….WHO COLLECT MILLIONS OF NAIRA ALLOCATION EVERY MONTH AND JUST SHARE AMONGST THE COUNCILLORS…..WITHOUT ACCOUNTING FOR THEM? They are suppose to tar and repair our streets. Look at your streets, no gutter, no water….let’s not forget.

  7. d yorubas shld wake up to reality on ground..d core North simply want to use them to achieve their aim of maintaining dominance over others..they have d highest numba of states and local govts…d core North destroyed all our national institutions and heritage : namely ,Nigerian Airway, our Refineries,Nitel, Railway,NIPOST,etc..des institutions have all been destroyed or grounded even before Obasanjo took over..yoruba shine ur eyes..

  8. Its somehow amusing to see some people believing dis incredible and false story,d APC i knew will never waste time to present dis at tribunal if dis is real.Lets not be deceived bcos we all knew quite alrite dat Ekiti people voted massively for Fayose.Is it even possible for a serving Captain in d Nigeria Army to stoop so low to be disclosing all dis?We’re educated for us to be more intelligent dan believing dis kind of fallacy,wen PDP got hold of d conversation dat took place btw Justice Salami and Tinubu ally on Osun tribunal then,wasnt it presented @ d tribunal? After d presentatn wat happened to Mtn and Salami? Fellow Nigerians,dont imbibe sentiment in ur comments on issues all d time,lets adopt to use common sense in wat we do or say at times.If dis is real,let them come with it to d competent court of Law and stop playing on our intelligent cos we’re no fools……………….. #STORY FOR D DAFTS,BLINDS,DEAF & DUMB#

  9. Before lambasting this story let’s find out if it is true first. The names mentioned in this story and the story line is convincing enough. Let’s be very objective about sensitive issues as such. If this story is true then what is happening in this country is a shame. With this coming election, this country is sitting on the keg of a gun powder which will explode along religious and ethic lines if not handled properly. There is so much resentment towards one another looking at comments of Nigerians about election issues. Nigeria is bigger and more important than any individual, ethic, party or religious group. So let’s stop doing things or making inciting statements that is inimical to our unity.

  10. This is absolute truth. I live in the barracks. Captain kolli had bee at long fromvthe barracks, i swear to Allah who owns my life.

  11. Anyone who calls this a lie is being stubborn unnecessarily. I know that voice how could that be fabricated. Even Mr President himself said their has never been a free and fair election in Nigeria yet he emerged the President. PDP is a definition of curroption. They have mislead us all this years. If they like they should move the election date to buy more time we are waiting for them. APC protect this vote with all you have, you’ve already won.

  12. For u 2 join d Military, first, you must swear 2 an oath 2 maintain discipline and keep secret. If u are mistakenly caught during war, u must nt at any time reveal ur position 2 ur enemies. So dis tape is a fraud, doctored and outright lies.

  13. Some people are just stupid and senseless. An Audio with voices- hard irrefutable evidence in a law court-, clear identifiable voices, yet you drag politics into it. I urge the police to investigate this shameful act and bring the perpertrators to justice if found guilty. We have hi tech voice readers that can be used to identify and confirm someone s voice.

  14. Why is it coming out now?why didnt they use it in court to remove the current governor?and let me tell you all until the recording is checked by an expert i will hold my judgement on the matter.how much did the soldier collect for being part of the so called strick team?and if he collected money why will he come out to blow the whistle?

  15. rubbish.why is he coming up now to expose the so call tape recorder ? why didnt they bring or expose it since the incidence took place or you are acting the script of apc ? look for another thing to tell the public.

  16. All these fabricated lies. They have not told us how the election was rigged. The people of Editing State were tired of Fayemi and the APC knows that. Even before the elections, it was clear that Fayemi will lose. And even if it is true, the APC is not better. I remember how Tinubu rigged local govt elections in Lagos State to favour his party. They should face the electorate and stop looking for excuses in case they lose which they will definitely do. Propagandists. All the people in APC are election riggers.

  17. Its a pity that after this fresh soldier can put his job and life on the line, that you supposed educated youths are here defending the tape and PDP! Shame on you all….I say shame!!! Even when the man has given the phone numbers that where used for the calls…. When can we rise to take our country back with this nonsensical and nonchalant attitude. …? Our children won’t forgive us if we don’t pull this people down! Quote me, we are all in trouble!!!!

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