'I rejected N1bn bribe', minister says
The former Rivers State Governor disclosed this while he was speaking in Lagos on Tuesday, June 13, at a forum in Lagos.
The minister said he rejected the bribe as a result of his principled objection to corruption over his twenty years of public service.
He said, "My first confrontation with bribe was with a big contractor in Rivers State. After awarding the contract, he brought a billion naira. I screamed.
"I asked, 'Where did you get the money?' and he said from what he got (from the contract) and I said, 'Look, that means you overquoted the contract.'
"I said, 'The only reason you are giving me N1 billion was because if the contract was N32 billion, you made it N37 billion.'
"I have been special assistant to the governor for two years; Speaker, eight years; governor, eight years; minister nearly two years…that’s nearly twenty years.
"So I know Nigerian politics well. Very, very well."
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