The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Wednesday grilled a former Minister of State for Defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, for allegedly receiving N450m from the Coordinator of the Goodluck Jonathan Campaign Organisation in Lagos State, Adewale Onilere, ahead of the 2015 presidential election.
It was gathered that the N450m was part of the N23bn ($115m)
allegedly shared to the leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party in the
36 states of the federation by a former Minister of Petroleum Resources,
Punch quoted a source as saying that Onilere, who doubles as Chairman
of the PDP in the Somolu Local Government Area, received N650m from the
campaign organisation out of which N450m was given to Obanikoro.
He said, “Onilere received N650m and then delivered N450m to
Obanikoro at his house. Onilere gave Obanikoro the money in the presence
of some PDP leaders.
“So, on Wednesday, we invited Obanikoro to tell his side of the
story. However, Obanikoro denied receiving any money from Onilere.
“Since Obanikoro is currently on administrative bail, we let him go.
However, we have invited Obanikoro and Onilere to come to our office in
two weeks’ time to face each other. Surely, we will get to the bottom of
Reacting via a text message, however, Onilere refuted ever handling any stolen funds.
“It is certainly false and I know nothing about it. Thanks,” he said.
Obanikoro and his two sons, Babajide and Gbolahan, are currently
under a separate investigation involving N4.7bn which was allegedly
diverted from the Office of the National Security Adviser.
Obanikoro had said in his statement on oath at the EFCC that after
receiving the money in June 2014, he gave N1.219bn to the then
governorship candidate of the PDP in Ekiti State, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, while N1.3bn was given to the PDP candidate in Osun State, Senator Iyiola Omisore.
He had also confessed to giving Fayose a separate $5.377m at Spotless
Hotel in Ekiti State in the presence of party stalwarts including the
then Ekiti State PDP Secretary, Mr. Tope Aluko.
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