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

February 7, 2015by Tope Fasua0
  1. 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.

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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

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.

  1. 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:

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. Money was shared openly at the NYSC Permanent

Orientation Camp Ede to the strike force to ensure

compliance.

  1. Having said all of the above, I must state before concluding

that:

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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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).

  1. 08037033694
  2. 08055832835

7,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

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