– Musiliu Obanikoro, a former minister of Defence (state) reportedly agreed to testify against his friend and governor of Ekiti state, Ayodele Fayose
– The Coalition Against Corrupt Leaders (CACOL) speaks on this development through its chairman, Debo Adeniran
The Coalition Against Corrupt Leaders (CACOL) has revealed that former minister of state for Defence, Musiliu Obanikoro, betrayed his boss, former President Goodluck Jonathan with his confession and readiness to testify against Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti state.
The anti-corruption crusader also warned President Muhammadu Buhari to establish a precedence in the fight against corruption with the current development.
Reports had indicated that Obanikoro agreed to testify against Ayodele Fayose and his aide, Mr Abiodun Agbele in a corruption allegation being handled by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC).
Obanikoro reportedly admitted to receiving N4.7 billion from Sambo Dasuki, the National Security Adviser to Jonathan.
The amount was later said to have been distributed to Ayodele Fayose and Omisore, a former governor aspirant in Osun state.
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CACOL said through its chairman, Debo Adeniran, that it expects that this would lead to the convictions of those involved in the alleged corruption act.
Adeniran, in a statement made available to NAIJ.com, described it as a heinous crime which is unpardonable.
He said, “The embattled governor should surely have his day in court in the light of these revelations. But what has become more glaring by the day is that monies were illegally disbursed and misappropriated.
“These monies ought to have been used to combat the insurgency in Northern Nigeria but were diverted into the coffers of unscrupulous politicians.
“This selfish act has caused so much loss of lives taken by violence that could have been managed or averted.”
“We expect an inimitable precedent to be established with these cases; whereby the long hands of the law will be seen to catch up with those who think themselves to be untouchable.
“It is quite unfortunate that there is still a section of the public who still perceive the anti-corruption fight of the current administration as ‘witch-hunt’ despite the numerous revelations made in the media by suspected corrupt persons.”
CACOL said the allegations made against Fayose’s aide are believed to be sufficient to convict both of them.
“The revelations have also debunked statements made by former President Goodluck Jonathan claiming that no ‘arms deal’ money was missing.
“We are watching and anticipating with high expectations on how these stories would be concluding,” he said.
He said though Fayose is under immunity, it does not prevent his investigation as a serving governor so that at the end of his tenure in 2018, he would be called to defend himself against the allegations.
“Nigerians have been taken for a ride for far too long.
“This is why we are urging the current Buhari administration to set a new precedent for things to be done differently by clamping down on all known corrupt persons who have plundered our commonwealth shamelessly and with impunity no matter how powerful, how influential or how crafty such persons may be.
“We are following these reports, we are not ignorant and we would not relent in our efforts to keep demanding that the anti-graft agencies present to the public convictions from the numerous allegations and petitions that have made the news in the past year,” he said.