The Ekiti state government has released pictorial evidence of N18bn cash brought through Akure Airport for Saturday gubernatorial election.
A statement by the director, Media and Publicity, Kolapo Olusola Campaign Organisation (KOCO), Lere Olayinka, disclosed that last week Saturday, two bullion vehicles were moved to the Akure Airport to evacuate cash brought from Abuja by a chattered flight.
The flight landed when it was raining and all staff of the airport were barred from going near the aircraft while the cash was evacuated into the two bullion vehicles.
After offloading the huge cash, the bullion van first moved to the Ondo State Government House in Akure from where they left for Isan Ekiti, the hometown of the APC governorship candidate, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, Olayinka said.
“We present to you and the entire world, video and photographs of the chattered aircraft as the cash was being offloaded from it into the two bullion vehicles.
From our preliminary findings, N2.5 billion cash was transferred by the Kebbi State Government to an account in UBA, Wuse Zone 4, Abuja.
It was withdrawn immediately and moved with a private jet to Akure.
Also, apart from the N2.5 billion, another $50 million (about N18bn) was taken from the $321 million recovered from the late Abacha family.
Our question is, how can a government that claimed to be fighting corruption release billions of naira from the public coffers for the governorship election of a single State? Where is their fight against corruption?
We therefore call on Nigerians to note this wanton looting of public fund by the APC government to fund election of its members,” Olayinka stated.
He continued that: “We must tell Fayemi and his APC that the conscience of the people of Ekiti cannot be purchased and we call on the people of Ekiti to resist the planned use of stolen fund to buy their votes on Saturday.
Lastly, let me use this opportunity also alert the public of the intimidation and harassment of PDP members by men of the DSS and policemen.
Already, Akin Fakorede, an officer of the Federal SARS has been posted to Ekiti State, ostensibly to play the same ignoble role that he played during the Rivers State election.
Let me say it clearly that no amount of intimidation will scare our people away from the polling units where they will vote for the PDP on Saturday.
We have the people behind us and they are more than ready to give our candidate, Prof. Kolapo Olusola Eleka their votes on Saturday”.