The Governor of Ekiti State, Mr Ayodele Fayose, has described as manipulative, the ‘fake’ audio clip released by SaharaReporters purportedly exposing how the plan to rig the June 21 governorship election in the state was hatched.
Gov. Fayose, who won the election on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party in all the 16 local government areas of Ekiti State, said he never held any meeting with anyone to rig the election, suggesting that his voice and those of others could have been faked using technology.
New York-based SaharaReporters had on Thursday published a report, in which it claimed to be in possession of damning audio evidence, purportedly recorded by Sagir Koli, a Captain in the Nigerian Army, but who is now on the run, detailing how the then PDP guber candidates in Ekiti and Osun States, Mr. Fayose and Senator Iyiola Omisore respectively, Brig.-General Aliyu Momoh, Musiliu Obanikoro (ex-Minister of state for Defence), one Honourable AbdulKareem (member of the National Assembly) and retired Navy Capt. Caleb Olubolade (ex-Minister of Police Affairs) were strategizing on how to intimidate voters and perform electoral fraud using security agencies.
The audio of the purported conversation, which has since gone viral, has been condemned by a cross-section of Nigerians, who have called for the arrests and prosecution of all the actors involved in the plot.
But Gov. Fayose, while dismissing the audio clip, said it was the All Progressives Congress, APC’s new calculated attempt to discredit the election results, having failed woefully both at the poll and the election petitions tribunal.
Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Idowu Adelusi, said in a statement issued on Friday that the APC would have tendered the audio clip as evidence at the tribunal had it been it was genuine.
He said; “Nigerians should be reminded of how the APC people lied in 2007 that they recorded how the governorship election was rigged even in the palace of the Ewi of Ado-Ekiti, Oba Rufus Adejugbe, but the party could not produce a single photo evidence at the tribunal because their plans to do what is known as Morphing and Syncing was exposed.
“Nigerians should also be reminded of the existence of a technology called speech software, which is good at reproducing the sounds, inflections and intonations of a human voice.
“There are softwares that can re-create voices and even bring the voices of long-dead notable persons back to life. There are softwares that can turn printed text into synthesized speech, making it possible for anyone to use recordings of a person’s voice to utter new things that the person never said. One of such softwares is called ‘Natural Voices’.
“The APC that we all know is a party of crooks, who are capable of doing anything, no matter how criminal to achieve their aim.
“They tried all tricks to manipulate the election and failed. Even after winning the election, they tried to prevent Fayose from assuming office but failed.
“Now it is a fake audio clip, which is obviously targeted at the next week presidential election.
“Another question that should be asked by discerning minds is; if indeed such a meeting took place, could any of those purported to be present at the meeting have recorded the conversation and leaked it to the APC? Or was the supposed secret meeting held in the public such that it was possible for the conversations to be recorded?
“This fake audio manipulated with the use of Nigerians, especially the people of Ekiti who overwhelmingly voted Fayose as their governor should therefore ignore this new fabricated lie coming from the APC”.