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– Governor Ayodele Fayose has denied receiving N5.7 billion for the Ekiti guber poll in 2014 from former minister of state for defense, Musiliu Obanikoro who is currently in EFCC’s custody
– He said he wouldn’t want to join issues with EFCC or Obanikoro adding that he remembered Obanikoro was firing very serious salvos at the EFCC before now
Ekiti state governor, Ayodele Fayose has denied receiving N5.7 billion for the Ekiti guber poll in 2014 from former minister of state for defense, Musiliu Obanikoro who is currently in EFCC’s custody.
In an interview with Daily Sun, Fayose said he suspects that EFCC and the FG want to nail him at all cost. He said he wouldn’t want to join issues with EFCC or Obanikoro adding that he remembered Obanikoro was firing very serious salvos at the EFCC before now.
“I remembered all his statements in the press, but this dramatic return, he did not stop at the airport and there was a clear entrance straight to the EFCC custody simply shows that there is a hand of Saul in the voice of Jacob,” Fayose said in the interview.
Speaking further, he said Obanikoro was looking for ways out of the quagmire as his house was seized, his bank accounts were frozen and all that.
“I’m used to all these conspiracies and the fact remains that in all these, Jesus is Lord, in all these, victory is sure, in all these, I’ve not lost any battle and I’ll not lose any. Let me believe that Obanikoro did not say all these because whatever you say, you would have to prove it in court. It is not enough to just say it. If he’s saying all these to get out of trouble, it is just a drama of the moment. I know he is looking for ways out of the quagmire as his house was seized, his bank accounts were frozen and all that. May be, my brother and friend, Obanikoro is looking for easy way out so they have to heap everything on Fayose.
“I’m used to all these. In the meantime, I am busy as governor of Ekiti delivering good governance to my people. What they wanted during their conspiracy at my first tenure was to stop me politically forever. They didn’t want me to rise politically again; that was what all the first poultry allegation with EFCC in 2006 is all about but I won.
“Again, if Obanikoro says he gave me such huge money, where did he get it from? Why will he take such huge cash like that? Why will an honourable federal minister of the country be saying that he took cash like this and gave to me? You can now see how EFCC operates, but we will talk about that when we get to court. They are only looking for ways for nexus, to link me at all cost, to destroy me at all cost. It is just like in the Bible when they asked the people should we replace the thief with Jesus for the punishment but the people said no, it is Jesus we want.
“But at the end, contrary to their thinking that killing Jesus would be the end, Jesus Christ’s ascension has glorified Him; in His name now, all knees bow in heaven and on earth and all tongues confess. So, it’s Fayose that is all they want in all these drama, I hope that by now, they would have released all Obanikoro’s confiscated assets and property,” Mr Fayose said.
On the cow marshals which he recently inaugurated, the governor noted that he’s not against grazing but only protecting farmers whose crops are destroyed by the cows.
“Let me first of all take exceptions to the word army, before the opposition takes on it. You see, we are entitled to having enforcers who would enforce the law restricting grazing to a level it won’t bring harm to our people. Laws are not made for mere making, they are made to be obeyed and respected. A lot of people today have lost fortunes to the destructive activities of these herdsmen.
“When they come, they are usually armed to overpower the farmers. So, what we are doing is to protect these farmers. There are certain restricted areas for grazing where if you graze and your actions are malicious, we’ll take you to court. While we are not against grazing, we want grazing not to affect the economic activities of others.”