When I first read this quote on Channels Television website, it really cracked me up. Surely it had to be an error I thought. But that was until I watched the video and heard him actually say those words.
His statement has brought about a good number of reactions on social media sites like Twitter and Facebook with many tagging it as ‘GBAGAUN’.
But let’s not deviate from the real issue. The Chairman of Zenon Oil and Gas, Femi Otedola on Tuesday challenged the House of Representatives Committee on Ethics and privileges to conduct the hearing on the bribery allegation he levelled against Farouk Lawan in public.
Mr. Otedola who refused to speak with the committee that invited him to shed light on the accusation that he offered $620,000 to Mr. Lawan, who was the Chairman of the ad-hoc committee that probed the management of subsidy fund, said that “anything done in darkness will come out in lightness”.
Here’s a video of his statement and his lawyer giving reasons for his demand of a public hearing:
Following the release of some part of the phone conversation between Mr. Lawan and Mr. Otedola on the alleged scandal and the controversy it raised, the second part of the conversation has been released to the media. (Here’s the first part in case you missed it)
Lawan: it wasn’t like my brother talking. That’s one. Secondly, please this thing that we are doing, keep it to yourself otherwise you will make it difficult for us …
Otedola: Ok, ok. I am na
Lawan: Because somebody called me now and said that we said we are going to address it.
Otedola: address what?
Lawan: Yea. Because if it is already out that we are going to do something, when we do it, people will think that we are doing it because we have been compromised. And you know that is something that errrrr… And if my colleagues get to hear about it, I wouldn’t be able to convince them. So keep it to yourself.
Lawan: Let it not be like anybody is aware of what is happening. If anybody ask you, simply explain that this thing, you know from your records. You have all records and you have made a case to the committee. You have sent your documents to the committee
Otedola: Yea, Yea
Lawan: Yea. It’s left for the committee… it’s left for the committee to decide what to do. Please keep it that way.
Otedola: Yea. God bless you. God bless you
Lawan: Yea. Because the moment it gets out now we are going to correct it. Then it means we have already Haaa… so let it be …
Otedola: Ok, Ok
Lawan: I want to spring a surprise on the floor and only that is the only credible way I can do this. So please, please.
Otedola: God bless you. God bless you my brother. I have been crying. Anytime I hear your voice
Lawan: Yes. You know your sector is small. Everybody knows… and people are already saying … Somebody just called now and said Femi has gotten his way around you guys and he has already succeeded.
Otedola: That is not true. But let me also tell you one thing ….
Lawan: No, no, no, no. I am saying it because this is what I heard
Otedola: But my brother, let me also tell you one thing. You know me as a person
Lawan: It doesn’t have… I know… I don’t want
Otedola: People just get up
Lawan: I know. That makes it difficult. Just, just whoever… you know… no. I didn’t do this. I’m sure it must have been a mistake from the committee but I have sent a letter to set the record right
Lawan: That’s all
Otedola: Ok my brother
Lawan: Yea. Yea
Otedola: Ok. Great, Ok
Otedola: thank you
What are your thoughts?
News Source: Channels TV