Former Minister of State for Defence Musiliu Obanikoro says he gave Ekiti Governor Ayodele Fayose the sum of N2.23bn cash for the Ekiti governorship election, The Nation reports.

Obanikoro who is being interrogated by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for N4.745billion wired to a company by the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) said he personally handed the sum of $5.37mn in cash to Fayose while the sum of N1.3bn was given to Fayose’s aide Mr. Abiodun Agbele.

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A source quoted Obanikoro as saying that “N2.2billion was transferred to Sylva Mcnamara for onward transfer to Mr. Ayodele Fayose on the instruction of the National Security Adviser (NSA).

“The sum of N1.3billion cash was brought in a bullion van by Diamond Bank on the instruction of the NSA.

“In addition, the sum of N60million was converted to dollars at the rate of N168 per dollar and altogether the sum of $5,377,000 was handed over in cash by me to Mr. Fayose while the N1.3billion was received by Mr. Fayose’s associate, Mr. Abiodun Agbele, in the presence of my Aide-de-Camp (ADC), Lt. Adewale, who also accompanied them to the bank along with the bank officials.

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“I didn’t interact with the bank officials. I called Fayose before the funds were handed over to Mr. Abiodun Agbele. I spoke to Fayose with my phone at Akure airport.”