TOPE Aluko, a former secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Ekiti State, has told the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, of how Musiliu Obanikoro, a former minister of State for Defence, handed over $5.377m cash to Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti State.
Aluko said the cash, which was put in a green military trunk by Obanikoro, was given to Fayose in the presence of nine PDP elders.
He listed those who witnessed the collection by Fayose as a former secretary to the state government, a senator, two members of the House of Assembly, a former director-general and others.
Aluko, it was learnt, had one-and-a half hours hostile encounter with Obanikoro.
Upon receiving the large suit case (box) and a key to open it, he said, Fayose and Obanikoro retired into an inner room of Spotless Hotel for a brief discussion.
Aluko made the revelation during a grilling by the EFCC team against the backdrop of the ongoing probe of how the ex-minister shared the N4.745billion wired to a company linked to him by the Office of the National Security Adviser, ONSA.
The N4.685billon was transferred to Sylva McNamara Limited out of which N60million ($5.377m) cash was personally given to Fayose by the ex-minister.
Obanikoro, however, told the EFCC team that he gave Fayose the cash in the presence of PDP elders including Aluko.
— Oct 31, 2016 @ 01:00 GMT