Monday, March 25, 2013

Nigerian Senate Presidential Gift, True or Hoax? Please help tell what is wrong with the images.

Guests spotted this brand new Chevy Corvette with the message “Wedding Gift from Senator David Mark to Tuface & Annie” at the couple’s wedding in Dubai yesterday.

2Face is from Benue State, the same state as Senate President David Mark who is the Senator for the Benue South constituency.

The retails from $47,600 in the United States which is approximately N 7,425,600.

Read all about the Corvette.

At the traditional wedding of Nigerian music star 2Face Idibia and his wife Annie Idibia last Friday, the Akwa-Ibom state governor Godswill Akpabio announced that he was going to present the bride with a Toyota Prado SUV (WHICH ITS RANGE IS FROM $82,000 - $107,000 , you can check for yourself on : TRADEME ). He also promised to sponsor 20 of Annie’s relatives to Dubai for the couple’s white wedding and He delivered that promise, has he delivered the best Leadership lesson when he should be pushing the senates decision to rescind the motion to pay unemployed graduates N 20,000.

The Wedding Gift
A real life photo of some part of Nigeria
 “Following spurious and false speculations in the social media concerning the wedding gift by Governor Godswill Akpabio to Mrs. Annie Innocent Idibia, née Macaulay, I wish to state as follows:

That the State Governor as a token of support for the couple promised to fund the traveling expenses (economy return tickets) for only 20 relatives of Mrs. Annie Idibia Macaulay to Dubai, where the couple have chosen to wed.

That looking carefully at the surrounding events in perspective, Mrs. Annie Idibia, nee Macaulay is a daughter of Akwa Ibom State and the gift of a Prado SUV from her governor is only a gesture of love and goodwill. Her resolve to stand by her husband on his journey right from his days of youthful beginnings to stardom even in the face of challenges was commendable and a true attribute of the Akwa Ibom women.

That it is however unbecoming that mischief makers and enemies of progress have decided to inflame the social media with incongruous reports that the State Government is sponsoring an entourage of party supporters to the wedding in Dubai, when in fact the Government is only sponsoring the travel expenses of twenty of her family members at an estimated cost of roughly Three Million Naira (N3,000,000.00) only.

I wish to therefore urge members of the public to discountenance the misrepresentations made out of a well intentioned act of the governor.”

Although this announcement caused an outrage as people criticized the governor for the expensive gift, he has kept true to his word. Less than one week after the traditional wedding, the state government has presented Annie with the car and released a picture showing the state’s Commissioner for Information, Aniekan Umanah presenting the gift to Annie and 2Face Idibia in Lagos.

Annie Idibia Recieving Her wedding gift
This Is what present day Ajegunle
looks like.

According to CKN Nigeria, Special Adviser – Media & Publicity to the President of the Senate David Mark, Kola Ologbondiyan allegedly claims the gift is not from Senator Mark .

Senator Mark did not visit Dubai for Tuface wedding rather he attended the 128th Inter parliamentary Union (IPU) conference currently holding in Quito, Ecuador. He was also not represented at Mr. Idibia’s wedding. It is also instructive to state that the President of the Senate, Senator Mark, did not make a car donation of any kind to Tuface before departing Nigeria for Ecuador neither did he purchase nor send any car to Dubai as a wedding gift for the musician or his wife. Who made the donation on behalf of the President of the Senate?
It is therefore a puerile lie for anybody to state that Senator Mark bought a Ferrari car worth N47m for Tuface. The allegation is wicked, ridiculous and irresponsible.

What should we believe, the photos or the politician’s PR?

Great Book Cover

 The state goverment has also released a statement defending the gifts and some misleading reports published in the media. The statement by Aniekan Umana released on Wednesday said that Akpabio approved only one car, and not two, for the couple. He also said he only promised to sponsor 20, and not 29, wedding guests to Dubai for the couple’s white wedding. WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO USING THE MONEY TO SET UP A TRUST FUND FOR THE POOR AND DOWN TRODDEN BY POVERTY IN THE COMMUNITY???

Congratulations go to 2face and Annie, but they both know what I mean, 2face even said it all on this track: Listen In Please 

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