The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has asked Ayodele Fayose, erstwhile Governor of Ekiti State, to return N1.3 billion.
The money is said to be the amount he received from the Office of the National Security Adviser through Musiliu Obanikoro, a former Minister of State for Defence during the build-up to the 2014 governorship election in Ekiti State.
However, a source told The Punch that the ex-governor refused to admit collecting the money.
“We have treated Fayose with respect since he arrived in our office. We asked him about the money he received from Obanikoro and when he would return it but he is denying everything.
“He said in his statement on oath that he never received any money despite the overwhelming evidence. The man is refusing to cooperate despite the overwhelming evidence we have,” the source was quoted to have said.
The money allegedly traced to Fayose were said to be part of the N4.7bn allegedly handed to Obanikoro by the then National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.)
While about N1.3bn was given to Fayose, another N1.3bn was also handed over to the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in Osun State in 2014, Senator Iyiola Omisore.
Mike Ozekhome, Fayose's lawyer, has said his client would not compromise himself in the name of obtaining administrative bail. He said he (Fayose) had not admitted he collected any money, making a refund impossible.