Following the raging controversy over his alleged involvement in the abandoned Benue State contract, for which he was alleged to have collected money, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Public Affairs, Dr. Doyin Okupe, yesterday, said his company, Value Trust Investment Limited, is a registered entity with a different identity from him as an individual.
Okupe, in a statement, said though he would soon address the issues raised in the allegations by Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, it was imperative for Nigerians to know that the said company has other Nigerians and foreigners on its board as Directors.
Spokesman of ACN, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, had called for the resignation of Okupe for allegedly abandoning a contract awarded to his company by the Benue State Government.
A statement by Dr. Sanya Awosan, said: “Legally, Okupe is an individual with an identity separate from the corporate identities of these two companies.
“Firstly, these companies were duly registered with Corporate Affairs Commission, CAC, with the full complement of other Directors, including foreign nationals apart from Okupe.
“Legally, Okupe is an individual with an identity separate from the corporate identities of these two companies.
“The publications by ACN are full of outright falsehood and fabrications politically-motivated out of desperation by ACN.
“ACN, through Mohammed, deliberately converted purely commercial and civil transactions, guided by legal agreements containing lawful procedures for dispute resolution and redress jointly agreed to by parties concerned, into criminal accusations which is intended for political exploitations.”
“Therefore, 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 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 Lai Mohammed.
“Mohammed and his cohorts 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.”, which felt that their overwhelming domination of the media, which they have deployed for two years to malign and disparage the personality and programs of President Goodluck Jonathan, is about to come to an end.
… as CPC calls for his sack
Congress for Progressive Change, CPC, has called for Dr. Doyin Okupe’s sack, saying the recent admission of a contractual transaction between Benue State and Okupe by the former governor, Chief George Akume, was very instructive.
CPC’s National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Rotimi Fashakin, in a statement, said: “The appointment of a man with such antecedent by a regime that gloats about its anti-graft stance leaves sour grape in the mouth.
“We recall that the former President, Olusegun Obasanjo’s regime showed much courage in ordering the retirement and eventual prosecution of its serving Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Tafa Balogun, immediately the latter’s sleazy tendency came to light.
“The continued shielding of Okupe from prosecution by the Jonathan regime has thrown up some questions, such as should a man with antecedent of unresolved criminality be rewarded with a very visible public office?
“Does it mean that this criminal record was opaque to the President at the time of making the appointment? is President Jonathan interested in excoriating his political adversaries, which Okupe’s appointment ensures, more than leading a nation with zero tolerance for corrupt tendencies? is Okupe’s corrupt tendency something that Jonathan’s presidency wants to treat as another ‘family affair’?
“As a party, it is our belief that true nationhood can only be built on strong values. Therefore, we insist that this Jonathan regime should relieve Okupe of his appointment and hand him over for prosecution.”