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Fayose Explains How His Election Was Funded... As EFCC Set To Invite His Wife

For receiving N100 million through an account which is operated by her and her husband, Mrs. Feyisetan Fayose, the wife of Ekiti State Governor, may be invited by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC), the Punch has reported.

According to the EFCC, the money, which emanated from the account of the Office of the National Security Adviser, was paid into the Zenith Bank account of Spotless Investment Limited on June 17, 2014, less than a week to the June 21 governorship election in Ekiti State.

The money was paid into the company’s account with bank teller number 0540997 by Abiodun Agbele, an associate of the governor.

The two signatories to Spotless Investment Limited’s account are Fayose and his wife.

An EFCC detective told one of our correspondents, “N100m was paid into the Spotless Investment Limited account with number 1010170969 at Zenith Bank. The two signatories are Fayose, with Bank Verification Number 22338867502, and his wife, Helen Olayemi, with BVN 22298990256.”

The account has since been frozen by the anti-graft agency.

As a sitting governor, Fayose cannot be prosecuted or arrested because he enjoys immunity.

“His wife, however, has no immunity,” the source added.

The PUNCH had reported on Wednesday that N1,219,490,000 was flown to Akure Airport on June 12, 2014, by a former Minister of State for Defence, Musiliu Obanikoro, ahead of the June 21, 2014 governorship election in Ekiti State.

The money was said to have been part of the N4.7bn, which was paid into the Diamond Bank account of Sylvan McNamara by the Office of the National Security Adviser. Sylvan McNamara is a company in which Obanikoro’s sons are signatories.

A large chunk of the N1,219,490,000 was said to have been paid into Fayose’s private and company accounts, including the N100m, which was paid into the account of Spotless Investment Limited.

How my campaign was funded –Fayose

Also, on Wednesday, Fayose explained that his 2014 governorship election campaign was funded by the Zenith Bank, fundraising, donations from friends and associates as well as sales of campaign souvenirs.

The governor was reacting to media reports that the EFCC traced N4.7bn from the ONSA to his account and the company account of the two sons of Obanikoro.

Fayose in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Idowu Adelusi, challenged the EFCC to publish statements made by Obanikoro, his sons or any other person associated with money from the NSA’s office, where they claimed they gave him money for the election.

He stated, “I have no financial transaction whatsoever with the Office of the National Security Adviser under Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.), and former Minister of State for Defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, either by cash, cheque or electronic transfer.

“The EFCC is only acting a movie scripted, produced and directed by the All Progressives Congress government of President Muhammadu Buhari just to silence me, being a major opposition voice in the country.”

Narrating how he came about the money found in his Zenith Bank account, the governor said, “The management of Zenith Bank, which majorly funded my election, called me to a meeting, where I was asked to nominate a trusted ally to be related with and I nominated Mr. Abiodun Agbele.

“All the payments into Abiodun Agbele’s account domiciled in Zenith Bank were directly from Zenith Bank.

“Most of the funds posted into Agbele’s account were through the Ibadan, Akure and Lagos branches of the Zenith Bank and sometimes; they brought cash.

“Assuming but not conceding, that cash moved from Lagos to Akure as being claimed by the EFCC in its usual manner of media trial, was meant for my election in Ekiti, why was the cash not moved to Ado Ekiti branch of Zenith Bank or the cash handed to me directly?

“I wish to state further that if it becomes evidently clear that those who willingly provided money for my election can no longer stand by what they did, maybe because of threat from the EFCC, I will not hesitate to name names.”

The governor called on the EFCC to beam its searchlights on the funding of the APC elections, especially that of the President.

Fayose added, “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 probe the funding of APC elections before further funds are released to the commission.

“Most importantly, Nigerians are interested in the $60m allegedly donated to the APC campaign by Sahara Energy, on which the EFCC has been forced to suspend investigation.”