The immediate past Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, finally honoured the invitation by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) due to the expiration of the immunity from prosecution granted to a presiding governor.
It was garnered the ex-governor was told to write a statement with details on how the N1.3 billion allegedly received from the Office of the National Security Adviser (NSA) via a former Minister of State for Defence, Musiliu Obanikoro, during the preparations of the 2014 governorship election in Ekiti State was disbursed. Fayose, however, denied collecting the money.
A source within the EFCC said, “We have treated Fayose with respect since he arrived in our office. We asked him about the money he received from Obanikoro and when he would return it but he is denying everything.
“He said in his statement on oath that he never received any money despite the overwhelming evidence. The man is refusing to cooperate despite the overwhelming evidence we have”.
It was alleged while about N1.3 billion was given to Fayose, another N1.3 billion was also handed over to the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in Osun State in 2014, Iyiola Omisore.
The funds were said to have been transported from Lagos to Ekiti State by air.
Meanwhile, counsel to the ex-governor, Mike Ozekhome, said Fayose would not compromise in the name of administrative bail while adding Fayose’s accounts had been frozen by the commission and the matter is already in court.
When quizzed whether Fayose would return the money as demanded by the EFCC, Ozekhome said, “Which money are they saying he should return? Has he said any money is with him? They won’t dare tell him to return the money.
“Fayose is not like other Nigerians that the EFCC will bamboozle and force and blackmail to make refunds. Why tell a man to refund the money he has not admitted to receiving when the matter is in court?
“If they offer him an administrative bail with no strings attached, which is not a Greek gift, then he should take it”.