From Sahara Reporters
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has
received more evidence linking former junior Minister for Defence Musiliu
Obanikoro, who now is hiding abroad, with the infamous Ekitigate election
scandal of June 2014 and the related plot to rig the Osun State gubernatorial
election, SaharaReporters has learned.
transaction information and witness testimonies connecting Mr. Obanikoro with a
group of companies which received at least N1.45 billion to rig the two
governorship elections last year.
of five companies, all of which were under the control of Mr. Obanikoro. The
evidence of these transactions emerged from EFCC interrogations of ten suspects
connected with the $2.1 billion arms scandal involving the Office of the
National Security Adviser (ONSA), Sambo Dasuki.
published an audio recording by whistleblower Captain Sagir Koli last February
revealing Mr. Obanikoro presiding over a meeting on the eve of the Ekiti
election that was called to discuss how to ensure the victory of the candidate
of the Peoples Democratic Party, Ayo Fayose.
In addition to both men at the meeting were the Osun State governorship
candidate, Iyiola Omisore; the Minister for Police Affairs, Jelili Adesiyan;
and Brigadier General Aliyu Momoh of the Nigerian Army.
any malpractice by its officers during the gubernatorial contests. The chairman
of the panel, Major General Adeniyi Oyebade, stated that his committee would
tender a report within two weeks to the Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai
by a source that massive amounts of money were moved from the Federal
Government to an “ex-Minister” to rig the Ekiti and Osun State governor
contests. SaharaReporters has confirmed
that the former minister in reference is Mr. Obanikoro.
huge funds were paid into the accounts of the ex-Minister for elections in the
two states,” and “some military and security personnel were to benefit from the
slush funds” were shortchanged.
United States. Sources speaking with a
SaharaReporters correspondent disclosed that agents of the Department of State
Security recently intercepted several calls between a panicky Mr. Obanikoro and
the former Senate President, David Mark, in which the former Minister pleaded
for assistance from Mr. Mark regarding his forthcoming legal problems.
if he remains where he is hiding and is therefore trying to “eliminate” the
prospects of legal proceedings against him in Nigeria.
of the ONSA who confirmed that the funds were transferred to the five companies
at the behest of a former Accountant-General.
the companies controlled by Mr. Obanikoro which received the deposits included:
Stellavera Dev Company (N300m), First Aralac Global Limited (N300m), First
Aralac Global Limited (N100m), Damaris Mode (N300m), Stellavera Dev Company
(N200m), and Whese Farms Ltd (N250m).
Ekiti and Osun States or simply laundered, or were earmarked for the 2015
from the United States have reportedly failed so far