Obanikoro in not at ease and conscience may be pricking him. For spilling the beans and singing like Kennedy bird, against his pal,Fayose..At the court he voiced out aloud.. “It’s painful for me to give evidence against Fayose; no doubt about it. It is indeed very painful.”
At a point in the course of being grilled by the defence counsel, Obanikoro burst out, “I’m trying to restrain myself from saying things that will further damage our relationship!”
The N2.2bn fraud trial of the immediate past Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose, resumed on Monday with his former ally and former Minister of State for Defence, Musiliu Obanikoro, testifying against him.
However, while being cross-examined by the second defence counsel, Mr Olalekan Ojo (SAN), Obanikoro told the court that he was testifying against Fayose reluctantly, noting that they enjoyed a good relationship while they were both members of the Peoples Democratic Party.
In court on Monday, Obanikoro said despite testifying against Fayose, he wouldn’t want their relationship to be destroyed.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission is prosecuting Fayose for allegedly taking N2.2bn from the office of the National Security Adviser to prosecute his governorship election in 2014.
The EFCC said Fayose received the N2.2bn from then NSA, Sambo Dasuki, through Obanikoro.