USAfricaonline.com: The controversies, claims and counter-claims over the alleged $3m bribery scandal involving key member of the country’s ruling PDP who until a few weeks served as the Chairman of House of Representatives committee on Oil Subsidy Probe, Farouk Lawan, and Femi Otedola who is Chairman of Zenon Oil and Gas and a major recipient of the free massive award/allocation of millions of government oil funds entered a murkier, dirtier turn on Tuesday July 3, 2012, with the release of another brief audio, reported by Channels tv of Lagos as conversation between the two men.
A transcript, below:
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. I am now.
Lawan: You will make it difficult because somebody called me now and said that we said we are going to address it. So, so please keep 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 had compromised. And you know that is something that err… and if my colleagues get to hear about it, I won’t be able to convince them. So keep it to yourself.
Lawan: Let it be… let it not be like anybody is aware of what is happening. If anybody asked you, simply explain that this thing….
Farouk Lawan and Otedola
Lawan: You know from your records. You have all the records and you have made a case to the Committee. You have sent your documents to the Committee
Otedola: Yea. Yea. Ok.
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: God bless you
Lawan …Yea. Because the moment it get out now we are going to correct it, then it means we have already. Haa… So let it be…
Otedola: Ok, ok
Lawan: I want to spring a surprise on the flour and that is the only credible way I can do this
Otedola: God bless you. God bless you my brother. I have been crying. Anytime I hear your voice.
Lawan: So please, please, yeah, please, yes. You know our sector. You know your sector is small. Everybody knows – And people are already saying …Somebody just called and said what happened haa… They 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. I am saying it. 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: 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.
Otedola: People just get up…
Lawan: Yea, yea
Otedola: Ok my brother
Lawan: Yea, yea
Otedola: Thank you.
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