APC: Fayose Benefited From Arms Cash

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti State has challenged Governor Ayo Fayose to say how much he got from the N1.4 billion allegedly collected from the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) by a former minister for the June 21, 2014 governorship poll.

The APC claimed that part of the slush funds was used to rig the election in Fayose’s favour.

In a statement yesterday by its Publicity Secretary, Taiwo Olatunbosun, the party said: “We are aware that Fayose at that time acquired a N750 million building in a choice area of Abuja from the proceeds of this fund.

“We are equally aware that Fayose submitted a bill of N30 billion to former President Goodluck Jonathan as the amount required to unseat former Governor Kayode Fayemi.

“A certain amount was approved for the project out of which soldiers, who were used to rig the election, were paid as well as electoral officials who released the soft copies of sensitive materials to Fayose.

“It was when a newspaper reported that N1.4billion was traced to a former minister to rig Ekiti and Osun elections, it was at the same time the said ex-minister ‘sneaked’ out of the country for ‘further education.’ Governor Fayose also travelled out about the same time.

“We are demanding that the governor should tell Ekiti people how much he received from the Armsgate money and the property he acquired with the fund.

We also call on the EFCC to beam its searchlight on Fayose to know how much is traceable to him and the governor of a neighbouring state who coordinated the disbursements of the funds.”

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The APC spokesman said the party was aware that the governor had become paranoid and jittery since the newspaper reported the amount traced to the former minister.

He added that all those who shared the arms money should be investigated and prosecuted.

Fayose has called on the international community to focus attention on human rights abuses and contempt for the rule of law in Nigeria.

In a statement by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, the governor said he was aware of the plot to muzzle him and others considered as non-conformists because of their opinion and critical stance on the President and his government.

“Such plot will definitely be counterproductive.”

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