Aluko Alleges ONSA Funded Fayose's Election with N2.1bn
Embattled Secretary of the Ekiti State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Dr. Tope Aluko, on Tuesday put a lie to claims by the state governor, Ayo Fayose, that his June 21, 2014 governorship election was funded by Zenith Bank as he (Aluko) alleged that the election was funded with N2.1bn cash from the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) headed by Col Sambo Dasuki as well as unnamed oil contractors.
He said N2.3bn of the total sum released for the election was also spent by Fayose in purchasing houses in a choice location of Abuja; Banana Island and Victoria Island of Lagos, Lagos State.
Aluko, who disclosed this in an interview programme on Akure-based radio station, Adaba FM, further alleged that the PDP primary election of Fayose was however sponsored by the Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria (TAN) and the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) Towers in Abuja.
He further claimed that Zenith Bank allegedly gave Fayose N200m only after he had won the primary election and was going into the proper election. He said the N2.1bn from ONSA was ferried in a plane to Ekiti for the election.
Describing Fayose's claims that he funded his election with the N200m brought by Zenith Bank as "a blatant lie," Aluko stressed that Fayose allegedly bought five houses in choice locations like Abuja, Banana Island and Victoria Island in Lagos with N2.3bn that was left of the total slush fund provided by ONSA.
"The Presidency gave us security and money; the money was sent from a Diamond Bank branch through an account run by Sylvan MacNamara, a company owned by Obanikoro.
"My boss (Fayose) said he wanted to get his own in cash and that was why arrangement was made to get his own in cash and that was why such a huge amount (N2.1 billion) was ferried by plane. (Senator Musiliu) Obanikoro cannot claim not to have brought the money.
"He (Fayose) chose his man, Abiodun Agbele, to keep the money in a Zenith Bank account and the money was lodged at Zenith Bank, Alagbaka Branch in Akure. The transaction was not recorded and it got to a stage when it was discovered that the money was short by N80 million.
"This caused a crisis between Fayose and Obanikoro who brought money thrice from Abuja. He (Obanikoro) brought other things apart from money which I won't disclose now and it was from it that N1 billion was released to INEC officials to manipulate Ekiti and Osun polls.
"Fayose was threatening (former President Goodluck) Jonathan that he (Fayose) must deliver so that Jonathan will win in Southwest. All the PDP elders were kept out of picture over the transactions and cash and some of the cash deployed did not get to their destinations.
"The cash carried in the plane was not entered into the manifest, the N2.1 billion was delivered to a bank at 4.30 am in Ekiti. The N2.3 billion remaining from the total cash received for the election was used to buy house in Abuja and the house belongs to Fayose.
"Fayose purchased five houses in Victoria Island and Banana Island. The property in Dubai was purchased by a fellow who is known as Bisi in Ekiti but is known as Femi abroad. Questions are being asked on the N3 billion used to purchase the Dubai property but I strongly believe that we will recover our money."
On the failure of the governor to pay civil servants' salaries, Aluko said the problem could be traced to the fact that what Fayose earns 40 per cent of the monthly allocation as entitlements.
He explained that Fayose receives N250 million as security vote every month which was jerked up from N150 million received by his predecessor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi apart from various allowances received from Government House and Protocol.
Aluko maintained that if Fayose should reduce his allowances, there would be a substantial amount that could be channeled to workers' salaries.