The Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose has reacted to allegations by former Minister of State for Defense, Sen. Musiliu Obanikoro, that he (Obanikoro) transferred N2.3billion to him from the Office of the National Security Adviser to fund his 2014 governorship election.
In the statement issued on Wednesday and signed by his Special Adviser on Public Communication and New Media, Lere Olayinka, Fayose said his reaction to the report was only “to fulfill all righteousness.”
He said that “those who arranged the dramatic and compromised return of Senator Obanikoro to Nigeria obviously did so in continuation of their project ‘Fayose must be implicated at all cost.”
Recall that Obanikoro arrived Nigeria on Monday after leaving the country in 2015 amid the corruption allegations to face interrogations by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission, EFCC.
“This project ‘Fayose must be implicated at all cost’ will definitely not put food on the tables of Nigerians and for all I care, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and its collaborators can keep running from pillar to post while I keep delivering good governance to Ekiti and its people,” Fayose said.
“We have gone past this stage of media trial, EFCC should rather keep its gun powder dry, when we get to the bridge, we will cross it. They said more than this in the 2006 poultry scam blackmail, despite that, I am the governor today.”
“As far as I am concerned, I am busy here in Ekiti attending to the welfare and well-being of my people. I won’t be distracted,” the governor said.
He said the EFCC should also beam its searchlights on the funding of APC elections. “Since we are now in the era in which financial assistance from Nigerians to fund elections is being criminalised, the international community, especially those funding EFCC must insist that the commission probes the funding of APC elections before further funds are released to the commission,” he said.