On Wednesday, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission questioned a former Minister of State for Defence, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, for allegedly receiving N450m from the Coordinator of the Goodluck Jonathan Campaign Organisation in Lagos State, Adewale Onilere, ahead of the 2015 presidential election.
It was learnt that the N450m was part of the N23bn ($115m) allegedly shared to the leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party in the 36 states of the federation by a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke.
According to Punch report, Onilere, who is the Chairman of PDP, Somolu Local Government Area, received N650m from the campaign organisation out of which N450m was given to Obanikoro.
He said, “Onilere received N650m and then delivered N450m to Obanikoro at his house. Onilere gave Obanikoro the money in the presence of some PDP leaders.
“So, on Wednesday, we invited Obanikoro to tell his side of the story. However, Obanikoro denied receiving any money from Onilere.
“Since Obanikoro is currently on administrative bail, we let him go. However, we have invited Obanikoro and Onilere to come to our office in two weeks’ time to face each other. Surely, we will get to the bottom of this.”
However, Onilere refuted ever handling any stolen funds.
He said, “It is certainly false and I know nothing about it. Thanks.”
Obanikoro and his two sons, Babajide and Gbolahan, are currently under a separate investigation involving N4.7billion which was allegedly diverted from the Office of the National Security Adviser.
Obanikoro had said in his statement on oath at the EFCC that after receiving the money in June 2014, he gave N1.219billion to the then governorship candidate of the PDP in Ekiti State, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, while N1.3billion was given to the PDP candidate in Osun State, Senator Iyiola Omisore.
He had also confessed to giving Fayose a separate $5.377million at Spotless Hotel in Ekiti State in the presence of party stalwarts including the then Ekiti State PDP Secretary, Mr. Tope Aluko.