PHOTOS: The Executive Director of Zenith Bank, Sola Oladipo, on Thursday led the management team of the bank to beg Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayose over the controversy that has trailed the funding of his election.
According to reports, the bank had dissociated itself from the funding of Fayose’s election in 2014.
The governor reacted to the alleged denial, asking the bank to come out with an official statement on the matter.
The drama started after the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) blocked the governor’s personal account with the bank after linking him with funds from the Office of the embattled former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki (retd).
EFCC claims N1,219,490,000 was flown to Akure Airport on June 12, 2014 to Fayose by a former Minister of State for Defence, Musiliu Obanikoro.
The money was alleged to have emanated from the account of Dasuki.
The governor denied the allegation, saying his election was funded by Zenith Bank Plc, fund raisers, donations from friends and associates as well as sales of campaign souvenirs.
However, in a statement on Thursday, by its spokesperson, Lere Olayinka, Mr. Fayose said the bank’s top management met with him and begged him to let the matter be.
“Their visit to the governor followed a reported denial by the bank that it was not part of the funding of the election”
“The team was led by an Executive Director, Sola Oladipo.
“It also had two zonal directors of the bank and the Ado-Ekiti branch manager.
“When accosted by newsmen, the ED said they only came to see the governor.
“Asked whether the bank really dissociated itself from the claim by the governor that it was part of the funding of the election, Shola could only mutter some inaudible words.
“He eventually said the spokesman for the bank was not on the team and could not say anything.
“While commenting on the development, Governor Fayose said the bank officials came to beg him over the issue.
“They were begging me and that the matter should not go beyond this level. I asked them why did they go to the EFCC to tell lies. Why did they have to lie that money came from the Office of the National Security Adviser? If the money is for me why did they have to link with me what is not,” the statement said.
Below are pictures of the visit (Photo credit: Fayose’s aide Lere Olayinka):