I Didn’t Pay Any Money For My Commissionership --- Mr. Ukah

By Kenneth Orusi, The Nigerian Voice, Asaba

Contrary to the publication making the round on a social media platform that the Delta State Commissioner for Information, Mr. Patrick Ukah allegedly paid the sum of N25 million which facilitated his nomination and subsequent appointment as Commissioner for Information, Ukah said the news was baseless, lies unfounded and lacks merit, describing it as unprofessional in the practice of journalism.

“When people sit down and publish falsehood, it is terrible. Somebody say I offered N25 million to be a commissioner, it becomes comical when you listen to such people. That is not journalism, that I offered N25 million to become a commissioner”.

According to the report, Ukah allegedly bribed his political godfather, Barr. Peter Nwoaboshi, the Senator representing Delta North senatorial district at the upper house of the Red Chambers of the National Assembly (NASS) to get his appointment,“We gathered authoritatively that contrary to opinion that Patrick Ukah got the slot on a platter of gold for supporting Okowa, he paid handsomely for it. His political godfather who’s known for giving with the left hand and taking with the right like the devil demanded for the sum of N25 million from him before nominating him for the commissioner position. Nwaoboshi desperately wanted Ukah to be appointed commissioner for land and survey to enable him acquire lands in Delta, but the governor decided otherwise by appointing him to man the information ministry”, the report said.

“I have always told the gentlemen of the press that please always try to come back to me to ask questions and I will answer your questions and I think it is the better thing for us to do. This office and my house cannot be shut to any press man. If there are questions that you want to ask, if you come to my house as a journalist, I will not send you back and if you send me a text message to answer certain questions, at least give me time to get you the facts”, he said.