A former secretary of Peoples Democratic in Ekiti State, Dr. Temitope Aluko, has faulted claims by the State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, that Zenith Bank sponsored his governorship election.
Aluko said during a live interview programme on ADABA 88.9 FM that the election was funded with cash from the Office of the National Security Adviser under Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.) and some contractors.
He alleged that Zenith Bank only gave Fayose N200m after he had won the governorship election.
He further alleged that Fayose did not have up to N10m in his personal account before coming out to contest in 2014, saying his primary election was sponsored by the Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria and the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation.
“The Presidency gave us security and money; the money was sent from a Diamond Bank branch through an account run by Sylvan MacNamara, a company owned by Obanikoro.
“My boss (Fayose) said he wanted to get his own (funds) in cash and that was why arrangement was made to get his own in cash and that was why such a huge amount (N2.1bn) was ferried by plane. Obanikoro cannot claim not to have brought the money.
“He (Fayose) chose his man, Abiodun Agbele, to keep the money in a Zenith Bank account and the money was lodged at Zenith Bank, Alagbaka Branch in Akure. The transaction was not recorded and it got to a stage when it was discovered that the money was short by N80m.
“This caused a crisis between Fayose and Obanikoro who brought money thrice from Abuja. He (Obanikoro) brought other things apart from money which I won’t disclose now and it was from it that N1bn was released to INEC officials to manipulate Ekiti and Osun polls.”