Stella Dimoko Ekitigate: Gov Fayose Says Obanikoro Is Compromised In Reaction To Ex-ministers Alleged Confessions


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Thursday, October 20, 2016

Ekitigate: Gov Fayose Says Obanikoro Is Compromised In Reaction To Ex-ministers Alleged Confessions

The Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has described the voluntary return of ex-minister Musiliu Obanikoro to Nigeria as “dramatic and compromised,” following the latter’s alleged confessions to the anti-graft agency, EFCC.


Mr. Fayose said he will not be distracted by Mr. Obanikoro’s reported confessions that he transferred N2.3billion to the Ekiti leader from the Office of the National Security Adviser to fund his 2014 governorship election.

The governor, in a statement on Wednesday signed by his Special Adviser on Public Communication and New Media, Lere Olayinka, said the report was a plot by the Federal Government and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to implicate him “at all cost.”

Mr. Obanikoro, who turned himself in to the EFCC on Monday, has been in EFCC custody since then facing interrogation on allegations of corruption and receipt of funds from the Office of the National Security Adviser without contract awards.

The former minister of state for defense arrived Nigeria on Monday after leaving the country in 2015 amid the corruption allegations. 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.
A report by Punch Newspaper on Wednesday said Mr. Obanikoro had owned up to the EFCC on the transfers.

A source close to the former minister also confirmed to PREMIUM TIMES that Mr. Obanikoro was “cooperating” with the anti-graft commission and had written at least two statements to that effect.
But Mr. Fayose dismissed the report, saying it was the commission’s usual media trial.

“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,” he 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.”
While noting that his reaction to the report was only “to fulfill all righteousness,” the governor said “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.”

He however said he was not bothered because his election was legitimately funded.
“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.

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  1. Replies
    1. Obanikoro knows what he's doing. I suggest that Fayose should be quiet for now until his immunity is over, so to be able to address this case properly.

      It seems as if koro has entered into a plea bargain with the EFCC. No matter what, if Fayose goes down you are going down with him sir. That's all

    2. Madam eko what are you benefiting from Ayo, you support him alot, typical Nigerian, supporting where they gain from

    3. She doesn't even know Fayose. Individuals like her are even d ones suffering frm d menace of corruption yet dey support ppl lk Fayose nd co. Whether u lik it or not, d Anti-corruption fight continues till 2019 so if u ain't ok wit it...hug d nearest transformer!

    4. And that's why the rot in the society can never be eradicated. Out of greed our people see and know something is wrong but they will continue to support it just for what they aim to gain.

  2. My Govo.... Nothing do you.

  3. Fayose is scareding lol. Which one ekitigate again? Brother Buhari we need the country in good shape, the funniest thing is that every case raise against dis looters always end up with no result. Nigerians are suffering.
    There are increase in prices everyday. As for you fayose, if you know that there is anything like ekitigate Pls biko tell us and make sure you sort things out properly

  4. OK I grab pop corn sit down dey watch naija politics

  5. Fayose should please calm down ad put a stop to this his conspiracy theory, he o should own up to his deeds and quitting playing mind games with us. I'm tired of his rants

  6. The media trial in nigeri is too much. Take statements, establish a prima facie case and then charge to court.
    Every single thing about prosecution in nigeria is mostly in the media.

    1. It's obvious u aren't expose. Hav u bin 2oda countries nd c how dea media reports civil/criminal cases dt hv/hvnt been taken to d court? Hv u heard abt investigative journalism b4? Media trial dey learn for 9ja. And one last tin, Media trial isn't an illegal activity; it's pros far outweighs it's cons.

  7. I can bet it that Fayose is not clean with this his statement, the Fayose I know will never reply with a mild statement like that, he's guilty of the allegations abeg

    *Larry was here*

  8. Bad men. Been looting and stealing since 1900. There are indeed no saints in Nigeria government past or present. Onyeburu na turn by turn. Pray for your turn.

  9. Nigeria is Doomed with all this corrupt leaders we have. Chai chai chai diaris God, in PEJ's voice.

  10. Fayose u re a thiev. Make we hear word jare

  11. Confessions and reactions, no persecution. Mtchew

    1. Illiterate...go check up the meaning of persecution.

  12. Hel-oh-hel
    I was waiting for a 'robust' response and got this? Sir, you talk way too much. The fact that Obanikoro is back and singing like a canary so soon should tell you that he's got irrefutable proof against you.
    Enough with your baseless conspiracy theories and think about how to get yourself out of this quagmire. Its time to come clean.

  13. Oju ole re! Ole!

  14. Most politicians are nt clean...EFCC is witch-hunting for all I know


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