Ekiti State governor Ayo Fayose has reacted to reports that arrested former minister of Defence, Musiliu Obanikoro, gave him over $5m in looted cash over his reelection campaign in 2014.
In a statement signed by Fayose's spokesman, Lere Olayinka, on Tuesday, the PDP chieftain announced:
"This project ‘Fayose must be implicated at all cost’ will definitely not put food on the tables of Nigerians and for all I care, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and its collaborators can keep running from pillar to post while I keep delivering good governance to Ekiti and its people.
"We have gone pass this stage of media trial, EFCC should rather keep its gun powder dry, when we get to the bridge, we will cross it.
"They said more than this in the 2006 poultry scam blackmail, despite that, I am the governor today.
"Those who arranged the dramatic and compromised return of Senator Obanikoro to Nigeria obviously did so in continuation of their project ‘Fayose must be implicated at all cost’ but I am not bothered because my election was legitimately funded.
"However, if this is why they are intimidating judges and the judiciary, it won’t work as far as my own matter is concerned as no one can play God.
"As far as I am concerned, I am busy here in Ekiti attending to the welfare and well-being of my people. I won’t be distracted.
"Since we are now in the era in which financial assistance from Nigerians to fund elections
is being criminalised, the international community, especially those funding EFCC must insist that the commission probes the funding of APC elections before further funds are released to the commission."