Governor Fayose revealed that on the evening of Thursday, June 23, the top Zenith Bank officials came to beg him over the involvement of the bank in the funding of his June 21, 2014, governorship election campaign in the state.
Earlier, Zenith had refuted claims by the Ekiti State Governor that it had funded his re-election campaign bid.
According to reports, the Zenith Bank delegation was led by an Executive Director (ED), Sola Oladipo. Also among the delegation were two zonal directors as well as the branch manager Ado-Ekiti.
Governor Fayose made the spurious claim in a press release circulated by his media aide. The statement read;
“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.”
Speaking to newsmen after the visit, the Bank’s Executive Director said they only came to see the governor.
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When asked whether the bank really dissociated itself from the claim by the governor that it was part of the funding of the 2014 election, Shola said the spokesman for the bank was not on the team and therefore could not make an official statement in that regard.
On Monday June 20th, The EFCC, froze two personal accounts of the governor and one belonging to his company, Spotless Investments.
The anti-graft agency said this was done in the course of its investigations into the alleged receipt of N4.7 billion from the Office of the National Security Adviser during his election campaign in 2014.
Fayose has since denied receiving any money, claiming it was Zenith Bank that majorly funded his campaign.