SENATOR Musiliu Obanikoro has denied accusations of rigging during the elections that brought Ekiti State Governor, Ayo Fayose to power in 2014.
Online publication, Sahara Reporters released a recorded audio, in which the former Minister Defence (State), Governor Ayo Fayose, Chris Uba And Brig. General Momoh amongst other politicians allegedly met to discuss strategies to rig the Ekiti State election in favour of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP, candidate.
In a statement Friday, Obanikoro did not deny his presence or voice from the recording, but instead accused the online publication of blackmail, adding that the publication was an agent of opposition All Progressives Congress –APC.
He said in the statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media Strategy, Ohimai Godwin Amaize, that the Sahara Reporters decided to publish the purported recording after the former ambassador to Ghana refused to bribe the publisher of the publication.
Part of the statement read: “That Senator Obanikoro’s team was approached by an agent of Sahara Reporters to pay for the doctored recording. Senator Obanikoro’s refusal to be blackmailed led to Sahara Reporters going ahead to publish the said recording.
“That it is an open knowledge that Sahara Reporters is a paid mouthpiece of the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) and as such cannot be taken seriously and credibly,’’ the statement said.
Obanikoro argued that no where in the 37 minutes recording did he talk directly or indirectly about rigging the Ekiti State elections.
‘’The context of the conversation being reported by Sahara Reporters has been deliberately concocted, manipulated and misrepresented to achieve a predetermined narrative, the statement said.