Benue Contract Saga:Okupe Blasts ACN Spokesman,Vows to Clear his Name



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Newly appointed Special Assistant to President Goodluck Jonathan on Public Affairs, Dr Doyin Okupe has  reacted angrily to the spate   criticism  by Lai Mohammed ,spokesman of opposition Action Congress, ACN  of Nigeria over the Benue Contract saga allegedly involving Okupe.

“We have observed the massively orchestrated campaign of calumny against the person of Dr Okupe on the issue of Contractual obligations of two companies where he had interest and used to serve as Chairman of the Board of Directors”, Okupe said

The presidential  assistant who spoke through a  press release by Dr Sanya Awosan  in his office said “The ACN through Alhaji Lai Mohammed deliberately converted purely commercial and civil transactions guided by legal agreements containing lawful procedures for dispute resolution and redress jointly agreed to by the Parties concerned into criminal accusations which is intended for
political exploitations”

Continuing the statement said “Dr Okupe is under a moral obligation to the Nigerian Public to clear his name and set the records straight .He will in a few days address the Nigerian news media and the Nigerian Public with facts and figures exonerating him from any criminal culpability in the said transactions in order to expose the wicked and malicious intentions of Alhaji Lai Mohammed and his cohorts ,who have a penchant and  a rabid agenda for pulling down any upcoming personality of Yoruba
descent who do not belong to their Political cabal or subscribe to their political aspirations.”

Read the full text of Okupe’s statement below:

Campaign of Falsehood And Calumny Against Dr Okupe by Lai Mohammed (Press Release)

We have observed the massively orchestrated campaign of calumny against the person of Dr Okupe on the issue of Contractual obligations of two companies where he had interest and used to serve as Chairman of the Board of Directors.

Firstly, these companies are duly registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission with the full complement of other Directors including foreign nationals apart from Dr Okupe. Legally Dr Okupe is an individual with an identity separate from the corporate identities of these two companies.
The publications are full of outright falsehood  and fabrications politically motivated  out of desperation by the Action Congress who feel that their overwhelming domination of the media which they have deployed for 2 years to malign and disparage the personality and programs of President Goodluck Jonathan ,is about to come to an end.

The ACN through Alhaji Lai Mohammed deliberately converted purely commercial and civil transactions guided by legal agreements containing lawful procedures for dispute resolution and redress jointly agreed to by the Parties concerned into criminal accusations which is intended for political exploitations.

Therefore Dr Okupe is under a moral obligation to the Nigerian Public to clear his name and set the records straight .He will in a few days address the Nigerian news media and the Nigerian Public with facts and figures exonerating him from any criminal culpability in the said transactions in order to expose the wicked and malicious intentions of Alhaji Lai Mohammed and his cohorts
,who have a penchant and  a rabid agenda for pulling down any upcoming personality of Yoruba descent who do not belong to their Political cabal or subscribe to their political aspirations.

Dr Sanya Awosan
Office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Public Affairs.


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