What Dasuki Told Me During Jonathan’s Campaign: Okupe Opens Up

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Doyin Okupe, former presidential spokesperson

Doyin Okupe, the former senior special assistant on public affairs to ex-president Goodluck Jonathan, has reacted to allegations that companies linked to him got contracts from the office of the former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki.

In a statement released yesterday, January 19, the former presidential spokesperson said he never got along with Dasuki during his tenure, The Cable reports.

According to him, Dasuki schemed him out of the reelection campaign of Jonathan and even threatened to get him out of Jonathan’s administration.

He said: “Unknown to many Nigerians, and quite usual with politics at the top, for reasons not clearly defined, I never got along well with colonel Dasuki retired.

In fact, he twice told me to my face that he will get Alhaji Gulak and myself out of former president Jonathan’s administration. Colonel Dasuki would never have patronised me or any associate of mine. It was for this reason I was totally schemed out from the entire presidential campaign in 2015.

“Mr Ilan Salman is my friend and we did business together few years ago. But I have not had any business dealing with him since 2007 when he resigned his membership of the company we formed together.

“The name of his offshore company Romix Technology and the company we ran together Romix Soilfix International Limited, bear similar first names ‘Romix’. But that is where the similarities end.

“Mr Ilan apparently registered his new company, Romix Technologies after he resigned from Romix Soilfix International Limited in 2007. He probably used this name because we both loved the name ‘Romix’. Even when our South African partners from whom we derived the name Romix Soilfix broke up and told us to drop the name, we both flatly refused.”

He explained further that after Ilan left the company, he registered two more companies named Romix farms limited and Romix homes limited.

According to him, he is not the owner of Romix Technologies and he has neither relationship nor financial interest with it.

Okupe added that he was not aware of their bidding for contracts from the office of the National Security Adviser or their being awarded the contract of the payment.

He said he did benefit financially from the proceeds of payment for the said contract neither can any money be traced to him, or any member of his family or associates.

Report recently surfaced that two companies linked to Okupe allegedly received at least N1.6 billion from the former National Security Adviser in three shady cyber security deals. According to the report, one of the agreements had instructions to shut down online media platforms detected as friendly to Buhari or critical of Jonathan ahead of the 2015 poll.

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