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Obanikoro’s Confession: My Election Legitimately Funded, Fayose Insists

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Posted: Oct 19, 2016 at 3:46 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State, on Wednesday, denied receiving N2.3 billion funding for his 2014 election from the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) under Col Sambo Dasuki (rtd), through Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, former Minister of State for Defence.

The governor who was reacting to the confessional statement allegedly made Obanikoro who honoured invitation to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) office, where has been detained since Monday after over a year on self-exile, insisted that the said election “was legitimately funded.”

A statement by Lere Olayinka, his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, quoted Fayose as saying 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,’

“But I am not bothered, because my election was legitimately funded.

“However, if this is why they are intimidating judges and the judiciary, it won’t work as far as my own matter is concerned as no one can play God.”

“We have gone pass 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,” he added, challenging the EFCC to also beam its searchlights on the funding of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) elections.

For him: “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 warned that he would not be distracted by EFCC probe, urging the Federal Government to rather pay attention to hunger and suffering ravaging Nigerians and leave him alone.

“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 EFCC and its collaborators can keep running from pillar to post while I keep delivering good governance to Ekiti and its people,” he stressed.