Insiders at the EFCC squealed to us that after thorough grilling by the operatives of the commission, the politician started confessing. We were told that he revealed how he gave the sum of N2.3 billion to the Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, in the run-up to the Ekiti State governorship election in 2014.
Obanikoro equally confessed that N60 million was converted to dollars at N168 per to a dollar and given to Fayose and he personally handed over N5,357,357 to Governor Fayose.
The insiders disclosed to us that… “The former minister, Obanikoro has made some revelations. You know that he responded to a petition from the office of the NSA dated 28/11/2015 under the category ‘Payment without award of contracts’. He admitted that N2.23 billion was transferred to Macnamara for onward transfer to Governor Ayodele Fayose. He claimed that it was done on the instructions of the NSA.”
“He also said he handed over N5,357,357 to Fayose. Obanikoro told the commission that the N1.3 billion was received by Mr. Biodun Agbele, one of Fayose’s associates, in the presence of his (Obanikoro) ADC, one Lt. Adewale, and bank officials.”
“Obanikoro also said the money was moved from the Lagos airport to Akure airport in two flights. He said he instructed that the money be handed over to the governor before leaving with the first flight. He denied being the owner of the company but admitted introducing the owner of the company, one Mr. Kareem Taiwo, to the NSA during the days of the threat of Boko Haram in Lagos and the South-West.”
“He said the company was introduced to the ONSA at a time government was taking a decision to incorporate local input into intelligence gathering to prevent terrorists attacks in Lagos and the South-West.”