Monday, 30 January 2017
I did not lose $10m to any girlfriend....Governor Okowa
The Nation newspaper on Saturday, January 28, 2017 reported that a Niger Delta governor lost a huge sum of $10m to a girlfriend. This money was the bailout fund he allegedly diverted.
The paper which quoted sources in the Economic and Financial
Crimes Commission, stated that the unnamed governor was already under probe by the EFCC.
The state Commissioner for Information, Mr. Patrick Ukah, released a statement which says that the story was a mere fabrication.
“We are appalled by the attempt to link Governor Okowa with the story by online media. We find it ridiculously tasteless and mischievous. This can only be part of the unrelenting campaign of calumny and the ceaseless peddling of pernicious propaganda against the person and the office of the Delta State Governor.
“For the record, the state government has several times in the past given account of how the bailout the state got from the Federal Government was used. We will not repeat ourselves here.
“Governor Okowa is a responsible family man and a well respected public figure.
“His preoccupation has been and continues to be how to deliver on his promised S.M.A.R.T agenda to the good people of Delta State since he came to office. And he has received applause and commendations from far and near for being so focused and unrelenting in the pursuit of his vision for the state.”
lf those who are bent on carrying out their devious and dubious campaign of calumny against the governor refuse to stop this infamous trade of theirs, we reserve the right to take any action deemed appropriate to seek redress.”