Contract Abandonment: It Was My Company That Was Involved, Not Me -Okupe
Huhuonline.com understands that embattled Senior Special Assistant to the President on Public Affairs, Dr. Doyin Okupe, has finally bowed to pressure from the opposition by admitting that his company was awarded contract, confirming allegations of the
Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN).
Okupe claimed that he was not the one that was awarded the contract but his company, adding that it was his firm, Value Trust Investment Limited that should be held accountable for abandoning the contract awarded during the administration of George Akume in Benue state.
Having strayed away from the allegation in his reactions since the contract abandonment scam rocked the country over two weeks ago, Okupe had instead preferred to attack all those pointing accusing fingers at him. But recently, the Benue State Government was reported to have dragged him the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in order to recover the contract sum.
In a communique issued by Okupe and made available to huhuonline.com, he said he was yet to comment on the issues raised by Lai Mohammed of the Action Congress of Nigeria as he would react very soon. He said, however, that it had become important for Nigerians to know that the same company had other Nigerians and expatriates as members of the board.
The statement released on his behalf by Dr. Sanya Awosan, said Okupe as an individual was different from his company even though he legally related to the firm.
"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.
"Okupe is under a moral obligation to the Nigerian public to clear his name and set the records straight.
"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."