‘Litigation stops Senate from probing Ekiti rigging tape’


The member representing Ekiti North Senatorial District in the National Assembly, Senator Olubunmi Adetunmbi, on Tuesday, explained why he could not move his motion on the floor of the senate, calling for thorough investigation into the alleged leaked tape on the Ekiti governorship election.

A former Minister of state for Defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro and other top Peoples Democratic Party chieftains were allegedly captured in an audio tape, discussing with a military officer on how to rig the poll, which was latter won by Governor Ayodele Fayose in June last year.

Adetunmbi, in an interview with our correspondent in Abuja, said he approached the Senate President, David Mark, for his consent, being the normal procedure in the red chamber before any senator could be formally allowed to move a motion on the floor.

He said Mark had initially given his consent for the motion to be moved before he stopped it on the grounds that the issue was already a subject of litigation.

The Senator said, “I have with me a motion on an issue of public importance which I was to raise on the floor of the Senate immediately the Ekiti tape was leaked to the public.

“I was calling on the Senate to investigate the circumstances under which top military officers and government officials interfered, as it were, in an electoral process. The situation did not require the presence of the military.

“Unfortunately, this motion has not been heard for it requires the consent of the Senate President for it to be heard on the floor. The consent initially given was later withdrawn because the case is in court.”

Adetunmbi explained that since the National Assembly operates by rules, he could not go outside such rules to air any grievances.

He said he hoped that national institutions could be allowed to play their roles of arbitration, investigation and the application of justice on the issue.

He said, “What is left for me is to air my views and allow the public to join in the discourse and allow good reason to prevail on the people that are causing these infractions.”

The senator noted that the development in Ekiti, as revealed by the leaked tape, underscored the need to discourage deployment of troops in subsequent elections in the country.

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