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Why I Refused N2bn Offered Me By Buhari – Akwa Ibom Speaker

Onofiok Luke, the Speaker of the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, has alleged that the Presidency offered him N2 billion and the deputy governorship slot to dump the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, for the All Progressives Congress, APC.

Luke spoke during a solidarity rally for the State Governor, Udom Emmanuel and Senator from the state, Bassey Albert in Uyo, the state capital.

The Speaker noted that he would rather quit politics than defect to the APC.

According to Luke, “They said the President had sent words for me to become the deputy governor. They offered me N2bn, but I said no. If you like, offer me N10bn, mine is no.

Speaking on the defection of former Senate Minority Leader, Godswill Akpabio, Luke said the action was borne out of personal interest.

He insisted that the defection was aimed at grabbing and sharing power.

“They have no plan for us and no plans for the future of our state. It was all about them. It was only about power grabbing and power-sharing, but by God’s amazing grace, we will overcome them,” Luke said.

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Otunba Sayo Akintola is a 1992 graduate of Linguistics from the University of Ibadan, Oyo State. He holds a post-graduate diploma in Financial Management and MBA from Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi. He started his 12-year sojourn in journalism at the Nigerian Tribune in 1993 as Business and Economy reporter. He rose through the ranks to become the Group Business Editor of the nation’s oldest surviving private national newspaper, the Nigerian Tribune before he left to join the Bureau of Public Enterprises BPE, Abuja in 2005 as Head, Media Relations. At the BPE, Sayo coordinated both local and international media for the Bureau’s events and activities. He led a group of Nigerian journalists to the transfer ceremony of West African Refineries Limited in which Nigeria had controlling shares in Sierra Leone to its buyer in 2006 under the privatisation programme of the Nigerian government. He was Accounts Manager (Client Service) at The Quadrant Company, Nigeria’s leading Public Relations outfit, between 2006 and 2007 where he managed Celtel, (now Airtel), LG Electronics and DHL amongst others. He led a team of twenty IT/Telecom Editors of Nigeria’s leading newspapers and magazines to Tanzania in 2006 as part of the migration process of Celtel from Vmobile. In 2007, Sayo left for IMS Advertising Limited as General Manager, Reputation Management in a quest for robust integrated marketing communication expertise. The clientele included Nigerian Breweries Plc, Multi-links, Evan Medicals, Dorman Long and BGL amongst many others. He left in 2012 to set up Octopus Communication, an integrated marketing communication outfit, acting as PR consultant for IMS Advertising, Gilt-edge Advertising and others. He set up World Street Journal magazine in 2018.

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