Governor Ayo Fayose has said that he will not be distracted by ex-minister Musiliu Obanikoro’s recent reported confessions. He described the voluntary return of Obanikoro as “dramatic and compromised.”
This is in reaction to the former minister’s confessions that he transferred N2.3billion to the Ekiti State Governor from the Office of the National Security Adviser to fund his 2014 governorship election.
In a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Public Communication and New Media, Lere Olayinka, the report was a design by APC led government and the EFCC to implicate him. He said it was part of the Commission’s usual media trial.
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
The governor however noted that his response to the report is just to fulfill all righteousness.
Obanikoro returned to Nigeria on Monday and has been in EFCC custody facing interrogation on allegations of corruption and receipt of funds from the arms deal.
He was alleged to have facilitated the disbursement of the funds to Mr. Fayose in the build up to the 2014 election in Ekiti through Biodun Agbele, an associate of the governor.