Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State has confirmed an allegation by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission that he had ₦300m in one of his accounts in Zenith Bank with number 9013074033.
The governor’s Special Adviser on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, said this in a series of tweets on Facebook under the hash tag ‘Fayose speaks.’
Fayose, however, maintained that he deposited the money into his fixed deposit account before he was sworn-in as governor and had declared it in his asset declaration form.
He, therefore, rubbished the EFCC reports that he deposited the money in April 2015, six months after he had become governor.
Olayinka tweeted, “I declared in my assets declaration form that I had N300m in my fixed deposit account in Zenith Bank #Fayose Speaks.”
He maintained that he never received campaign funds from the Office of the National Security Adviser in 2014.
He added, “I did not get money from the NSA Office to fund my election. It is just a conspiracy; it will fail like that of 2006.
“By the end of this month, we are starting a social welfare scheme in which 7,000 people will be getting N5, 000 per month #FayoseSpeaks
“We deceive ourselves too much in this country. Even our population that they said is 150 million is not true.”
The EFCC, which has since frozen the account had alleged that Fayose’s associate, Abiodun Agbele, allegedly received N1.219bn from the ONSA on behalf of Fayose and then paid part of the money into the governor’s current account and company account.
The commission had also alleged that Fayose personally moved N300m from the money and used it to open a fixed deposit account in April 2015.
The EFCC had said, “Abbey (Agbele) directed the bank to pay N137m into the account of Ayodele Fayose with number 1003126654 and Bank Verification Number 22338867502. The bank teller dated June 26, 2014, was filled by Abbey with teller number 0556814.
“Abbey directed the bank to transfer N118, 760, 000 to the same account and paid in N50m cash into Fayose’s account.”