Monday, February 1, 2016

I have never been a director or signatory to Sylvan McNamara, says Gbolahan Obanikoro

Gbolahan Obanikoro, son of the former minister of State for Defense and Foreign Affairs, in this interview, clears the air on allegations against him in respect of the N4.75billion received from the embattled former NSA.

How do you respond to the allegations that you are a director of the company Sylvan McNamara Ltd and signatory to the Diamond account which allegedly received the sum of N4.75B from the National Security Adviser?

I am not and was never a director of this company and neither am I a signatory to its account or any other account related to the entity. My involvement with this company ended as far back as 2013 before all these incidents and before my father was even appointed as a Minister, so any dealings that transpired after that is of absolutely no concern or business of mine. The bank is available to confirm who the signatories to the account are, and the CAC is also available to confirm who the directors of the company are. I am positive the authorities if at all they are investigating this matter will discover this.

The online news platform Sahara Reporters, reported in story that you bought a home in 2014 as soon as the funds were transferred to Sylvan McNamara? 

What a coincidence right? And this home according to Sahara also is a hide out. It’s just silly. I bought a home in the United Kingdom in 2008. I built my home in Nigeria in 2010, and I opted to buy a town home in the United States in 2014 during which period my wife had our 3rd child.  My focus for almost a decade has always been on business and the private sector and not politics. I have been working hard and fortunate to run a successful business. So it is definitely not out of place for me, and it is most certainly not a crime to buy a house. I’m truly grateful to Almighty Allah for all he has bestowed on me and my family. 

The same online news platform alleged the funds transferred to the account were used towards the rigging of the Ekiti State Gubernatorial Elections which the current governor Ayodele Fayose was victorious. How do you respond?
It seems Sahara Reporters is the only news platform doing the reporting doesn’t it? Look its simple, MO and Sahara reporters have their own thing going on. He sued Sahara reporters both in New York and Nigeria in 2014 and since then I guess he’s had his axe to grind with him, and they’ve been going back and forth since then. Their scuffle has been in the public space for a while now. MO is a politician, and in politics all this is fair game. I’ve been roped into it as you can see, my brother also, I wonder who’s next? Unfortunately, at this time in our country, defamatory and libelous reporting or journalism isn’t restricted and anyone can wake up and say anything without proof or facts without any severe repercussion. It’s unfortunate, but it’s the reality and that is what the likes of Sahara are taking advantage of. 

According to the daily newspapers, the EFCC has begun its investigations, and unanimous sources within link you as signatories to the account?
Like I said earlier, my involvement with this company seized way back in 2013, and I challenge anyone to come forth with any evidence contrary to that. But let me say this; Justice is not served if authorities are taunting any information discovered during the course of their investigation to achieve a predetermined outcome. I think government must thread within the confides of the law. 

What are your thoughts on the Presidents anti corruption crusade? I have no problems with it at all. I believe it’s every Nigerian’s desire for corruption to be eradicated or at least significantly reduced. Steps have been taking in the past, steps will be taken now, and further steps will be taken even after President Buhari’s administration. Policies like the Cash less system, the BVN etc were all measures taken to tackle this problem prior to the President. He has now introduced additional measures and gradually as our institutions grow, the better grip we’ll have on this problem.

Have these revelations impacted you and your family in any way?  Of course! I am a young man with an adorable wife and three beautiful children, so there is a lot at stake for me. Furthermore, as a young business man these types of unguarded allegations and press have undesirable implications on one’s business. But then again, it is not surprising especially for a family like ours. The Obanikoro name is the envy of many from political opponents of my father and brother to personal adversaries. But that’s ok.  We are a God fearing Muslim family and a family deeply united with profound love and admiration for one another. We have individually and collectively accomplished a lot and as far as I am concerned the best is yet to come for the Obanikoro’s.  Insha Allah

80 comments:

Adaobilinda her sexcellency said...

Heard n noted

samson adele said...

Say dat to Efcc not Us!

Ivy Godspower said...

Owk




PEPSI ADDICT

Adenike Bamigboye said...

Story for the gods

Prisca Chijioke said...

Ok

POPULAR LIB READER!

AbokiDaWarriBoy said...

Toh gaskiya Sai Allah!

Eddy Ogbunambala said...

Alright

Uju Phil said...

Ok na...

JAYZSBOSS said...

How sure are you?

MUFASA said...

fowl ynash would continue to open this year ....lol

Linda NwaGod said...

Ok
Seen
Am temporary out of service
Pls try again later
Linda dont take note!

uche ekwulugo said...

Nice one bro



AJ MAIN BOY...

DBANJ CRUSH said...

Ok,,heard





LINDA NOTIFY DBANJ

moss said...

Hmmm. Ok. Asap

Vivian Reginalds said...

Heheheheh drama
-D great anonymous now as Vivian Reginalds

Luciana Chinda said...

Hmmmmmmmm!
Noted.

Daniel Miles said...

#Smiles...He sud not be like his father cos it won't pay him any gud stuff....


Milez

Chomsy said...

We yaf hear. Meanwhile, Lin Lin u rock more than a rocket

DBANJ CRUSH said...

Linda what manner of rubbish is this na,must i always b harrass on this blog?do i look lik a robot?if dat stupid robot boy dat always space his comments can comment freely.den u must apologise to me





LINDA NOTIFY DBANJ

Iphie Abraham said...

Na wa o. Who do we believe now?








In dis corruption fight,i hope d innocent isn't victimised o









LIB ADDICT#just passing#

NaijaDeltaBabe said...

So wat do we believe?


... Merited happiness

keke driver said...

Abegi all this your grammar would take you no where.

YOUNGBUHARI said...

Young man, Let the Efcc decide..!

Nelly Piddlex said...

The guy is cute, is he single?? This is a month of love, he should locate me as my love oh😍😍😃

Nelly Piddlex said...

The guy is cute, is he single?? This is a month of love, he should locate me as my love oh😍😍😃

freeborn zinalima said...

My dear don't mind the scam party the call a..p..c just to blackmail every successful people they think that don't support them.
Enjoy your hustle dude they are trying to drag ur name to mud in the name of the scam arms deal.
Change is here hmmm what a slogans of falling zombies.




















#sad indeed

Miriam Aguzie said...

Abeg he should pack well.#Lindangwanu#

Andy sneh said...

I hope ure right o.

Y.F.C. Omrex said...

We go soon know nah.

ed DREAMZ said...

a.k.a EDWIN CHINEDU AZUBUKO said...
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Ur time dey come.......
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***CURRENTLY IN JUPITER***

Anonymous said...

Dude stop insulting our intelligence. Don't we all know how to resign as a director after a shady deal.

alan blessing said...

Nigerians won't understand the game APC is playing,unless d truth comes out...they are just trying to spoil d political career of some key PDP members...d present Kano governor wants to buy a popular mansion located at Nassarawa GRA close to race course Rd Kano and it worth Millions of Naira,but this same pple are saying d country is broke no money..tell me who's now corrupt the prosecutor or victim??...look at d budget,d money they located to for well been of the Presido is far far too much...buhari pls wake up and stop fooling yourself...

okopi said...

Return our funds ,u spoilt kid.Work hard and earn a living,stop the dependence on daddy..daddy this ,daddy that

VIBEbrown consulting said...

Abegi leave trash for lawma una be thief jooor. Change story.

Anonymous said...

You don't have to be a director of signatory to be a beneficial owner oga.

rhema blac said...

ok,na una sabi,na efcc go judge that....babes aint ugly we r just broke

rhema blac said...

Very long story,who we go believe now....babes aint ugly we r just broke

Ann Anthony said...

Lolzz we go knw

thomas benedict said...

Sahara fools will never stop this their stupid journalism

Anonymous said...

Good. Make yourself available at EFCC and clear your name. Show the kind of businesses that you have been into, your tax records and cash flows. No problem.

Anonymous said...

Good thing is that these days nearly every serious account has an account officer. There are three people needed at EFCC now:
The MD of the bank, the Branch Manager, the Account Officer.
Let them sing. We are waiting.

Nkemy said...

Hmmmm...tor he has given his own side of the story. Investigations should continue

Owakah I said...

Alright

udeze obumneme said...

Aii

Anonymous said...

This story sounds believable. Buhari should just regulate dollar price biko! It's killing my business!!!

GREAtson Vieriche CJ said...

Will our nation ever be free from the firm grip of corruption? I hope this is not a "Future impossible tense" as a pupil answer his teacher because I seem to be vividly noticing the recent trend of some people turning around to assert that the others who have been in the same hunting and gathering spree with them are now reeking of the smell from animals.

Eric Nesty aka LIB'S FINEST said...

Ok..

#FINEST

Juliet Iwuno said...

Issokay o! Linda take note!

Apagunpote said...

Right or wrong some Nigerians have just closed their brain to free and fair discussion. The guy was just responddng to SR ALLEGATIONS not the EFCC. Let's try to be open minded when reading and responding to issues. Is it everything that SR says that is gospel truth?, not even the EFCC. Some of us know who SR is working for but we have also soon some dead end to their allegations, so, it is only fair to give their "victims" time and space to express themselves hoping that the "ubiquitous EFCC will come out right and fair. We are WATCHING.

Anonymous said...

Ok now.wetin be your Business

Kea Adams said...

You don't know were EFCC is or what? If we believe will EFCC believe u? Abeg go clear yourself of go jail

LoganX said...

You don't launder funds in an account that has your details. The question is did the funds pass through that account because of your connection to the company and how did the funds get out of that account? These are the facts to be discussed if you want to clear the air

Anonymous said...

Gbolahan fear Gid with all this false face saving explanation you have come up with, we all know you have been spoon fed with resources by your father and never worked a hard day to achieve all you claim, how many Nigerians your age mate 30 -31 have a house built in Nigeria , plus one fully bought in the UK? Sahara God bless you and EFCC pls dont be blinded by this crap face saving story, by Gods grace all these corrupt leaders and their families will be jailed for coning us Nigerians and stealing the nations wealth. Now you are mentioning 3 kids and family man etc abeg leave story if you are not brought to book just remember what the bible says about sins of the father he goat

inem jackson said...

hhmmm!

Elielizm said...

EFCC freeze the account and investigate the boys on where they get money to throw around eg what do they do?

inem jackson said...

hhmmm!

acid man(linda's husband) said...

Akuko uwa

Anonymous said...

Gbolahan you're a liar. We all know you do nothing for a living. I wish I could go into details but you'd know who I am. You and Debola your wife should fear God and karma.

Anonymous said...

Story story story.The account is mine mumu.you are buying houses with blood money...nuel

Anonymous said...

Abd he is how ild again??

Solomon Chukwuka said...

Political jagaban......

Anonymous said...

Abeggi!!! Gbolahan carry go jare. Your head dey there. All these haters, talking as if, if they had the same opportunity, they want grab it. God Bless your hustle jare!

Anonymous said...

Abeg Linda, is it u that reached out to Gbolahan or na him come knock on ur gate 4 this interview? As Una be neighbours now, shebi na banana island him too dey reside. This interview is total crap! This guys does nothing, just sits in a house n all d funds come to him. This boy age at most can't be more than 35, at most o. Pls explain if na 'bloggist' u be like Linda wey u don buy house 4 banana island n d uk n America? Story 4 d gods, EFCC do ur job'

linda's bestie said...

Uhmmmmmmmmm.lips sealed

Anonymous said...

S SAD THE KIND OF COMMENTS FROM YOUTH ON THIS BLOG, I FEAR FOR THE FUTURE OF NIGERIA WHEN YOU GUYS ARE GROWN UP. YOU ARE ALL READY TO BE SUPPORT AND BE LOYAL TO ANY OF LINDAS POSTS, TO ATTACK BUHARI AND PRAISE GOODLUCK FOR ALL THE ILLUCK HE BROUGHT ON NIGERIA. LINDAS GIVEAWAYS HAS COMPROMISED SEVERAL VIEWS ON THIS BLOG AND IT HAS BEEN HIGHLY POLITICIZED. ONLY BONARIO AND A FEW OTHERS HAVE BEEN FACTUAL WITH THEIR COMMENTS.YOUTHS PLS WAKE UP!! YOU ARE ALL LOST! POLITICS AND MONEY HAS CLOGGED YOUR THINKING! WAKE UP

Anonymous said...

S SAD THE KIND OF COMMENTS FROM YOUTH ON THIS BLOG, I FEAR FOR THE FUTURE OF NIGERIA WHEN YOU GUYS ARE GROWN UP. YOU ARE ALL READY TO BE SUPPORT AND BE LOYAL TO ANY OF LINDAS POSTS, TO ATTACK BUHARI AND PRAISE GOODLUCK FOR ALL THE ILLUCK HE BROUGHT ON NIGERIA. LINDAS GIVEAWAYS HAS COMPROMISED SEVERAL VIEWS ON THIS BLOG AND IT HAS BEEN HIGHLY POLITICIZED. ONLY BONARIO AND A FEW OTHERS HAVE BEEN FACTUAL WITH THEIR COMMENTS.YOUTHS PLS WAKE UP!! YOU ARE ALL LOST! POLITICS AND MONEY HAS CLOGGED YOUR THINKING! WAKE UP

Anonymous said...

First they clear the accounts then they clear the air right ?

Esbare said...

The first time news broke about Col. Dasuki, he denied. When it was Dokpesi's turn, he screamed blue murder. What about Olisa Metuh. Perhaps when the EFCC closes in on the young Obanikoro and he is dragged to court, he will begin to sing. Meanwhile let him have fun.

tosisochukwu said...

Noted

































































































































































!brightosman aka fake phyno .#gerarahere

Anonymous said...

Go and explain to EFCC what you know about the money.

PRINCE STEPHEN Obakpee said...

Poor attempt at laundering Gbolahan image. Watery questions, Bad journalism.
You have 3 houses. How old are you? What business do you do? When did you venture in the business of making money? All you did was provided him an avenue to debunk all Sahara Reporters asserted, without your own input. What is the news story here Linda?

tollyjems said...

Just don't believe him

Anonymous said...

What business does he do? What is he known for? Whose life has this boy impacted? (Notice I didn't say man). This is just a child whose father is a seasoned thief. Plus you think Nigerians are stupid abi? Bloody rogue!

YK said...

House in UK, House in Nigeria, Planing a House in United STATE. Abeg na factory work you take dey build am? thise guy must be a punk ass, so u expect us to believe you despite your father problems on Nigeria during election. May God Punish you and your generation.

Anonymous said...

Its pay back time for all these looters in Nigeria, Karma is here and its not playing about, this 31 year old jobless spoilt kid that lounges for a living has a house in the UK, USA and Nigeria, youths open your eyes and fight for a good cause and stop supporting this rougue politician's son, they are living at your expense while you suffer and struggle, EFCC please do your job fast and freeze his accounts and while you are at it dont forget his money laundering wife's account and her cover face business and friends she launders money through too awon werey, stealing resources for their selfish reason, una no go carry this money go when una die Fear God

Anonymous said...

Now you are conducting interview talking about you having 3 kids just so your jail sentence no go tey abi! Forget you will be jailed

Anonymous said...

I wonder why people are believing this young man. Do you expect him to accept the allegation? His father claims not to have a house elsewhere in the world except Lagos after being minister and several top appointments at federal level but his young son has a house in Lagos, UK and USA, common who is fooling who? Can young obanikoro tell the whole world the business he does that fetches him such money to buy houses in UK, USA, Nigeria and other places known to his family and God?
If every alleged corrupt official claims allegations are blackmail and witch hunt, then who are those that truly stole our tubers of yam, is it me or my father that has never been a councillor or civil servant nor contractor b4?

Anonymous said...

I was told dat you where arrested by efcc

desperate Tboi said...

God dey..

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