Ayo Fayose, Ekiti State Governor, has denied allegations that he conspired with former minister of state for defence, Musiliu Obanikoro to launder public funds.
Fayose and Obanikoro have been accused of using the money to rig the June 2014 elections in the state.
The governor made the denial during a recent interview with Vanguard. Excerpts below:
I am the longest serving Ekiti governor. These things are not man-made; they are God’s purposes and plans for me! I am their problem, even in Nigeria today. You said you found money in my account. Yes, it is my money! If you give me money to do marriage, when I finish the marriage, am I supposed to return the money to you?
But you know, they are looking for just anything to log on to the National Security Adviser. They just want to paint me black like they did in 2006. It will not work! Why are you so confident that this money issue you will get out of it? I have told you that it is a familiar terrain.
They said Obanikoro brought N1. 2bn. And I am telling you; I had no encounter with Obanikoro financially. No money was transferred to me from the office of the former NSA. Money laundering or whatever you are trying to establish is a chain; you must be able to trace the chain of money.