THE $3m bribery scandal involving former Chairman of House of Representatives committee on Oil Subsidy Probe, Farouk Lawan and Femi Otedola, Executive Chairman, Zenon Oil and Gas, got messier Tuesday, with the release of a second video of the conversation purported to be between Lawan and Otedola.
The 1 minute 52 seconds audio, released by Channels Television contained a conversation believed to have transpired between both men before the submission of the subsidy report on the floor of the House of Representatives.
Below is the conversation:
Lawan: …It wasn’t like my brother talking. That’s one. Secondly, please this ping 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 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.
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…