Feb 1st, 2016 – Jonathan Sent Obanikoro To Give Fayose $35Million At Spotless Hotel In Ado Ekiti – PDP Secretary Aluko
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More details have emerged on the Ekitigate scandal currently rocking the office of Ekiti State’s ‘Man of the People’, Ayodele Fayose.
Ekiti state PDP secretary Dr. Temitope Aluko, has alleged that former President Goodluck Jonathan funded Governor Ayodele Fayose’s election with $35 million (about N4.7 billion). Aluko, who said he was the Chief Returning Officer for the poll, also claimed that the former president had earlier released $2 million to Fayose for the primary election conducted by PDP.
The embattled PDP state secretary, who disclosed this at a briefing with some select journalists in Abuja at the weekend, said that the $35 million was allegedly delivered to Fayose on June 17, 2014, at Spotless Hotel, owned by the governor, by a stalwart of the then ruling party and former minister, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro. He stated that $2 million was collected at NNPC Towers on March 23, 2014.
Aluko said that his position as Chairman, Security and Intelligence Committee of Fayose’s campaign facilitated his presence at such sensitive meetings. His words: “As the chairman of the Security and Intelligence Committee, I was always present at all meetings.
I was very conversant with all the details and I have all the records. “Immediately after the primaries, Fayose made it known to all that the only way we can convincingly win is to use the military. That is why we pushed for Jelil Adesiyan as Minister of Police Affairs and Musiliu Obanikoro as Minister of State for Defence. With the uncertainty over the fate of President Jonathan, we were all desperate to secure the South-West…
“After the primaries, we went to Jonathan for funding and security. On the funding, Jonathan gave us $35 million (about N4.7 billion as at that time) for the real election. Even for primary election, he released $2 million to Fayose. I have the details.
“It was Obanikoro that brought the $35 million to Spotless Hotel in Ado Ekiti; the hotel is owned by the governor. Eight people were present when the minister brought the money. The PDP leaders were all present when the money was brought for transparency and accountability.
“So, the security and funding for Fayose’s election came from the presidency. Even the $2 million for the primary election was collected at the NNPC Towers, Abuja. They took $300,000 from the $2 million dollars for the courier. The money was given to Fayose, myself and Hon. Femi Bamisile.
We took the money to Prince and Princess Estate in Abuja where Fayose has a house. That was on Monday March 23, 2014. The N4.7 billion came into Ekiti on June 17, 2014. “It was also at the Aso Villa that a meeting was held between top military chiefs and Fayose’s team. The president was present at the meeting.
That was where the security arrangement for the election was decided.” Aluko said that the $35 million was changed in Onitsha, Anambra State, in a “powerful man’s bureau de change.” He alleged that former PDP national chairman, Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu, gave Fayose N20 million for the primaries. Fayose neither confirmed nor denied the receipt of the money.
In another interview on Channels TV last night, Aluko said N1 billion was shared to officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for Ekiti and Osun governorship polls. Special Assistant to the governor on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, stated that Fayose got money from different sources in the course of prosecuting his election.
“As per the claim that $37 million was given to the governor for the election, the governor got financial support from various sources as it is usual of anyone contesting election and it is not for him to begin to advertise in the media the level of support the governor received from individuals, corporate organisations or groups.
“However, if money belonging to the All Progressives Congress (APC) is missing and they suspect that the money was stolen by Dr. Goodluck Jonathan to fund Ekiti State governorship election, they can approach the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).” While maintaining that he had known the governor for 40 years, Aluko said he facilitated Fayose’s waiver upon his return to the PDP.