Emerging facts reaching the news desk of emeraldng.com revealed that Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta state allegedly paid N85million for the award he was given by the authority of the University of Ibadan where he delivered the 35th annual alumni lecture a few weeks ago.
A participant at the ceremony where the governor delivered the 35th alumni lecture, told emeraldng.com that the governor paid the money after the award was bestowed on him.
The source added that members of the university community and the participants at the event were taken aback when they saw the convoy of the governor entering the university premises, wondering the number of cars that joined the governor for the event.
The source wondered that indigenes of the state were living in poverty and squalor but the governor was living in affluence following the quantum of cars and people that were on the governor’s entourage for the ceremony.
Many Deltans had condemned the award arguing that Governor has done nothing to better the lives of Deltans which could qualify him for that award from the premier Nigerian university.
But chief press secretary to the governor, Charles Aniagwu, denied the allegation, saying it was a figment of the imagination of those persons.
Aniagwu told emeraldng.com that Governor Okowa does not look like somebody who could drop N85million for a mere award from a Nigerian university.
Speaking in pidgin english, the governor’s spokesman said: “N85million!’ he laughs! Okowa look like person wen ego throw way 85million to person. Person wen nor dey carry money do birthday naim go carry 85million give somebody.
“My brother na wao. If una dey hear this money, e nor dey big for una ear. Me I dey look for that kind money. That one no be true oo. God bless you my brother, thanks for your support.”
As at the time of filing this report, the management of the University of Ibadan could not be reached for comment on the development.
Meanwhile, journalists in Asaba under the correspondents’ chapel have accused Aniagwu of giving out money to buy the conscience of the journalists who will be conducting the election to bring in new executives into the chapel.
It was alleged that he sent money to be shared to members of the chapel to vote for a particular candidate among the two contending for the office of the chairman of the chapel.
The aim, emeraldng.com can reveal, is to vote in the prefer candidate who could dance to his tune.
When contacted, he also denied the allegation saying all journalists in the state are his friends, hence anyone that emerges as chairman, he could work with him conveniently without having issue with him.